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  2. I would think it is no more a greater fire hazard as your indoor kitchen and you you should take similar precautions, but without further information I cannot give a definitive response.
  3. Check out https://www.calor.co.uk/gas-bottles/gas-cylinder-safety/storing-gas-bottles should find all you need to know.
  4. I am not aware of any fire regulations that would prevent you doing this however the ventilation of fridges are very important for many reasons. You should follow the manufacturer's installation instructions on ventilation because if the condensation coils overheat then the motor will run more than required,using more electricity and increasing the chance of fire. Low and high ventilation is the most effective bringing cold air at the low level and expelling the hot air at the high level.
  5. Thank you. Thought as much.
  6. If it is a fire door in a common area to provide fire and smoke separation then under Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 the landlord / building operator has a duty to ensure that the fire door is ‘subject to a suitable system of maintenance and maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’. This means the ‘Responsible Person’ under the Order has a duty to ensure the door will provide sufficient protection to contain the fire and smoke so as to ensure the safety of persons in or around the building in the event of a fire.
  7. I would agree with Mr. Sutton. Taking into consideration the ASET factors, one would easily arrive to a conclusion 2.5 minutes is too short. It is not possible to affirm a reasonable time as factors such as number of floors, occupant load, number of stairwells, and their corresponding width, all of which play a role in determining evacuation time. To say there is a standard time would be harsh. I would think the local jurisdiction needs to agree on a reasonable time, and the engineers/architects then need to design the structure to meet this requirement.
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  9. What do the BBQ manufacturers instructions say ?
  10. There have been plenty of tests and studies into the actual symbol on the exit signs which is why we are currently with the BS EN ISO 7010 pictogram as it had the best results in comprehension tests. There is no evidence from testing that these signs encourage running so whilst your observation is correct, the actual risk is negligible.
  11. If you have a full height partition without a vision panel then there should be smoke detection in the access room. Automatic detection is difficult to provide in cold stores but is not impossible and can be done.
  12. For a converted house all the information you need is here: http://www.cieh.org/policy/fire_safety_existing_housing.html
  13. These are your guides: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-risk-assessment-sleeping-accommodation Except in the smallest B&Bs you need proper FD30S fire doors to the rooms. Sleeping accommodation above pubs is a high priority for fire and rescue services and they will not hesitate to take enforcement action if standards are mot met. You may also have implications under Building Regulations if you are worsening the original standards of door fitted or a carrying out any form of "Building Work"
  14. I'd need to see it for a definitive opinion, but it doesn't sound satisfactory. Sounds like conditions may be contrary to the Housing Act 2004 - you should contact the housing officers in the Environmental Health Department to assess the flats under the The Housing Health and Safety Rating System
  15. Generally yes, it's not a new requirement and has been around since the 1960's
  16. If they are escape routes then in a word - no.
  17. In theory yes, as long as the stair is suitably protected from a fire in the building.
  18. You would need to be aware of the risks from tripping and a slightly narrower exit, but if evacuation is staff led then it is a manageable system - after all it doesn't require a key or code to release.
  19. Minimum legal requirement is a manual fire alarm system, which they have, but appear to have neglected to maintain in breach of article 17 of the Fire Safety Order. The red light would usually indicate the call point has been activated - somewhere there should be a control panel which will probably be in 'fire' but silenced. Get your existing system serviced and back up to full order then carry out a fire risk assessment to determine (amongst other things) if a fire could develop unnoticed & prejudice the escape of anyone. It may be that you need no detectors or only a couple - you wouldn't normally need detection everywhere for life safety in this type of building (even though an alarm installer may try and convince you otherwise!) I can't be specific without seeing the site.
  20. Could you please advise me as to the safe storage of large domestic gas bottles. Our neighbour has 9 or 10 of the 6 feet tall ones outside his property. Two appear to be connected via rubber pipes into the property, but none are housed in any way. I'm guessing that the others are empties, but must still pose a Fire/Explosion risk?? I am happy to speak with him, but need the advice first, please. Thank you
  21. I wonder if you can help me? I am helping with the interiors on a B&B pub. We are thinking of changing all the doors. Do the doors to the rooms need to be fire doors? Also do the ensuite bathroom doors need to be fire doors? It would be very helpful if you could give me information on this. Many thanks, Hannah
  22. I am looking for some advice on requirements for a new cold room we are having built shortly. The cold room will be approximately 13m x 7m, however, this will be split into 2 cold rooms (-20 and -27). The entrance to the first cold room (-20) will have a large manual sliding door (no vision panel) and at the rear of the (-20) there will be a manual pedestrian door leading to the (-27). As there is a room within a room do we need to have fire alarms installed, or any other fire equipment? Many thanks Dylan
  23. Hi, I hope you can clarify please, I've read BS 5839-6 is not for domestic common areas, e.g. a common stairwell leading to ground and first floor flats in a converted house. Is there an overlap with BS 5839-1 with regard to coverage of domestic common areas? Thanks, Scott
  24. There is something about Fire/emergency signs that has always baffled me. The one thing you are always told NOT to do in a case of an emergency is to RUN. However, the human shape in all signs is clearly running. This can easily be adapted. I understand it may be important that the person is showing an obvious direction in movement but this can still be done without reflecting the running motion. All that needs to be done is have the body in an upright position and lower the back leg by 45 degrees. This way it will still show the forward motion but in a more calm and collect manner. Can this be taken into account?
  25. Hello, I wondered if you could advise me. We would like to place a small 3 litre fridge in an under the counter cupboard. The cupboard will have to remain closed but it has a ventilation panel fitted into the door. Please could I check whether this abides by the UK fire regulations? All the best, Vanessa
  26. Hi, we are a nursing home with elderly residents. one of our residents keeps roaming through our fire exit door, we are having a keypad exit system fitted which will release on alarm sounding but as a temporary measure, would we be able to use a stairgate to prevent her from roaming but still accessible should there be a fire
  27. I live in a ground floor flat and attached is another flat where their kitchen is on the ground floor (behind my bedroom wall) with their living accommodation upstairs. There is a connecting door which connects the 2 flats just outside our bathroom and access corridor and at the bottom of the stairs of next door flat opposite their kitchen entrance. This has been designated as a Fire Door by our Landlord but it is not 'fit for purpose' in my opinion. It is not properly sealed for smoke ingress in to my flat (no prevention) as I can see lights on next door through the door frame and anyway it is always kept permanently locked. What I need is a legally backed argument where Regulation and Requirement is present to hand to my Landlord. Would this adjoining aperture be better sealed permanently (bricked up) or what? I have always been of the opinion that Fire Doors should never be locked and anyway, this particular fire door joins the 2 flats and if left open would negate security between the 2 flats. Can you help me please?
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