Tom Sutton

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  1. 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.
  2. Check out should find all you need to know.
  3. 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.
  4. The standard height of doors in the UK is 1981mm, except the most commonly used doors in Scotland and Europe is 2040mm. However the height is not a major concern the width is more important in fire safety and the major problem with the height is reducing standard fire doors to fit small frames. This is because you are limited how much you can remove from the top and bottom of fire doors and each one is different you need to read the manufacturer's documentation to find out.
  5. All doors, required for means of escape, in the event of a fire, which include the main entrance doors, are MoE doors. (Fire Exits) All doors, required or means of escape in the event of a fire, are required to be easily opened, without the need of a key, when the premises are occupied. All automatic doors should be installed according to BS 7036:0 2014/BS EN 16005 2012 which depending on design, require all automatic MoE doors should open and stay open in the event of a mains failure or electrical fault, if a breakout facility is not fitted. For a more definitive answer you need to study the standards more deeply or speak to an expert in this field. Check out
  6. A person in your situation or anybody above the first floor would not use escape windows as a mean of escape from fire and the front door is your means of escape, to a refuge or maybe the premises has a stay put policy. Consequently being able to open them is more of a domestic ventilation problem than a fire safety problem. Without have a great deal more information and ideally a survey of the premises, it is impossible to give an opinion on the suitability of the means of escape from fire. Therefore I would suggest you apply for a free home fire safety check from the local Fire and Rescue Service. Contact them using to arrange their visit.
  7. Further to AB response the Local Fire and Rescue Service is the Enforcement Authority and can be contacted at
  8. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a good example of how a material with good thermal insulation properties can also have drawbacks. Firefighters hate polystyrene ceiling tiles because in house fires they melt and drip blobs of burning plastic, and also give off carcinogenic fumes. Many chartered surveyors advise their removal. And yet, even now, there is an apparent resurgence in the fashion for lining walls with thin sheets of the stuff, albeit in versions advertised as “flame retardant”. Only expanded polystyrene tile adhesives should be used since the Home Office recommends an all-over spread adhesive; these are readily available under different trade names from the same outlets as the tiles. Always check the instructions on the pack to make sure your ceiling surface is suitable for the adhesive. Don’t use an adhesive with a solvent base such as cellulose, which would dissolve the tiles and make them highly inflammable. I would not advise but if you choose to use them, how they were fixed to the ceiling, is most important and you should spread in a layer across the whole surface of the tile with the adhesive, no spaces, no matter how small. Also on no account should they be painted over with gloss paint which was the major concern, use water based paint or fire retardant paint.
  9. If the premises was on fire do these people have to enter the building to escape from the fire in the premises or is there an alternative means of escape from the yard.
  10. You should check it out with Building Control but it appears there should be no gaps for flats and you should not be able to pass a 100mm sphere between the open steps for dwellings. Check out page 6
  11. I could be argued that it is a common area and a FRA is required, but you would not require a written FRA. I would inspect it to if there are any fire risk that could affect the residents above and take the appropriate steps.
  12. For additional information check out Approved Document B (fire Safety) volume 2: Premises other than Dwelling Houses page 132.
  13. AB the links doesn't work.
  14. I am assuming you have only one door from the playroom, the double fire doors 132 mm wide, this means you will be limited to a maximum of 60 people depending on the size of the room. You have not indicated any travel distances, is the corridor a protected route and what the building is used for, which can affect the situation.
  15. Removing fire doors and/or walls between the kitchen and the fire exit route is a material alteration, it requires building regulation approval. If you choose to do it without approval, then you are committing an offence and so is any person who does. If they refuse to listen and are prepared to be prosecuted then there is not much you can do, other than inform building control. A building control inspector/authorised inspector is a profession in its own right and I am not certain what qualification you require to be considered.