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  1. Hearing impaired member of staff

    Check out http://www.safelincs.co.uk/deafgard-portable-and-wirefree-smoke-alarm-for-the-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing/ it could be possible to carry it in a shoulder bag with the vibration pad in a pocket or other such arrangement. Find out who the manufacturer is and they may have a more suitable portable device.
  2. Do I need to upgrade front door to a fire door?

    Assuming your front opens to open air and not a common area, then there is no need for it to be fire resistant and it is also important that you are able to disperse away from the building.
  3. Also check out http://firealarmengineers.com/1 they may be able to help.
  4. Check out http://psfirefighter.proboards.com/thread/112/fixed-extinguishing-systems?page=1 they may be able to help.
  5. Fire Alarm Design

    You need to get together with the fire risk assessor and a fire alarm designer to design the system you require for example what categories do you require. Do you require only a manual system (M) or combined with life system (L) or including a property protection system (P) to costs will vary considerably. For example Offices: 3 Floored Victorian Building 12 x Optical Smoke Detectors 2 x Heat Detectors 7 x Manual Call Points 5 x Sounders Alarm System Used: Apollo non addressable Supplied, fitted, commissioned and certificated £4644 plus Vat Once you you know what is required then you can get some estimates.
  6. It could be a fault has developed with the luminaire you should contact the person who installed it and have him/her to check it out.
  7. BS 9990:2015 Non automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings.
  8. Blocking of Fire Exits

    You can contact the local Fire and Rescue Service who are the enforcing authority but you should try the union first. Contact details for local Fire and Rescue Services
  9. Can we leave fire exit door open?

    Passing through a fire exit will not operate the fire alarm but security devices can be fitted that will alert those in charge, if considered necessary.
  10. Maximum number of people in a space

    First of all I think Elizabeth meant 132 cm not MM and a corridor of 145 cm, the doors will be inward opening doors, there was no calculation, if you read the guidance you will find a room with inward opening doors is limited to less than sixty persons.
  11. Lightning protection.

    There is no legal requirement as far as The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is concerned but there could be other legislation which I am not aware of.
  12. Fire safety legislation

    The whole building is subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the RP or RP's have to implement articles 8 to 22. simples The guidance will vary, the Firecode will apply to the healthcare premises, the shops will use the DCLG guide and the common areas the Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats . The building will be considered a multi occupied building with three premises.
  13. Fire alarm sound at roof level

    Find out if a fire risk assessment (FRA) has been carried out. If it has, ask to see a copy, because this document should identify any fire related risks for that building. If there's no FRA advise your client to get one done by a suitably qualified person. You need to follow the instructions of the Responsible Person and if you have any concerns let him/her know.
  14. My interpretation is that there is is no change and a padlock and strap applies to isolation valves on wet risers for maintenance, obviously not required on dry risers. Some fire and rescue services permit the use of secured solid fronted boxes (to BS) to prevent theft of outlet valves or inlet collection boxes, if required, on both systems.
  15. Exit Capacity Difference ADB/DCLG

    Richard check out Post War Building Studies 20, 28 and 29 at http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/project/research/structures/strucfire/DataBase/References/defaultOther.htm and Human Behaviour in Fires at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20070507012938/http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1125555 you may find them interesting.
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