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  1. How long to evacuate after fire?

    Ideally the fire brigade should have been called even if you were going to tackle it yourself. They could then have carried out post fire ventilation with their PPV fans (if needed) and advised. Most fire effluent contains chemicals or particulates that are harmful to the lungs and body & the area should be well ventilated before re-entry. Whilst with a small extinguished fire it won't kill you it's not good for you either, especially if anyone has a pre-existing respiratory medical condition
  2. Hearing impaired member of staff

    If you want an alternative to an alerter, then you may need to consider Visual Alarm Devices as part of your fire alarm system, which as being used as a primary warning should conform to EN54-23. Whilst area coverage is subject to risk assessment the usual compliant provision is to all toilets and any office/room where a person relying on visual warning may work alone (it's anticipated that in larger rooms with other staff present they would alert the hearing impaired person).
  3. Refuge areas

    That would be down ultimately to the risk assessment, however the usual presumption is that you would, otherwise how would people know where they are and how would people know that what otherwise looks like a handy storage recess actually needs to be kept clear.
  4. Fire doors required?

    The Housing Act 2004 also applies to the property and unlike the Fire Safety Order does apply inside domestic premises. If not changing the front door or allowing fitting of the alarm is assessed as a Category 1 hazard by the Council then enforcement action can be taken against you
  5. Inward opening fire exit door for a shop

    Nothing is absolute if a convincing case can be made. I wouldn't want it myself as for it to be effective it would affect your premises' security
  6. Inward opening fire exit door for a shop

    An inward opening door can normally be used for up to 60 persons. Building Regulations do not allow escape routes through other occupancies (nor would you want this from a security aspect) so they shouldn't be doing this in the first place.
  7. Course for fire doors

    I'm guessing it was this: http://www.bre.co.uk/eventdetails.jsp?id=15147 Seems to give you the required competence as would be required by legislation. Perhaps your employer or their clients need a third party certified repair & install service?
  8. They are different to the BWF ones but still look useful and handy!
  9. Not much point to cupboards if you keep them empty....If they are fitted with fire doors that are marked and kept locked shut and the cupboards are of fire resisting construction then you can store in them - if you had carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment you would have been advised on this. As you don't employ 5 or more persons, aren't licensed and aren't subject to an Alterations Notice you don't have to record your significant findings, however it's recommended and can cause difficulties in situations like yours where other parties need to see it. Some sites have pro formas for residential fire risk assessments, but they are not necessarily shorter as residential fire safety can be more complex than it seems despite the limited common space. I'd use the current Government Guidance to do your own FRA - you may find your quick walk around with a fireman may have missed some pertinent points (they aren't all trained in technical fire safety to any depth - this is a separate department of a Brigade increasingly staffed by specialist civilians with fire service managers) https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/fire-safety-purpose-built-04b.pdf
  10. Why not? The legal requirement is a CE mark and a well established manufacturer has a range of extinguishers without a kitemark. Also prestige polished finish extinguishers are fine but not kitemarked. I've personally watched CO2 extinguishers being overhauled and refurbished along the production line and have seen nothing to concern me. Most started out as kitemarked anyway! I prefer kitemarked product but don't treat non kitemarked stuff as unsuitable.
  11. Fire Alarm Terminology

    The following category combinations exist: M - Manual (Call points & sounders). L5 - Life Risk specific detection (no call points, sometimes no sounders) L5/M - Life Risk specific detection (with call points and sounders) L4 - Escape route detection L3 - As L4 plus rooms opening onto escape routes L2 - As L3 plus risk specific additional areas L1 - Everywhere (almost!) L1 to L4 do not require the /M suffix as they MUST always include call points and sounders P2 - Property risk specific detection (must be monitored, longer standby times, no call points, may have no or limited sounders) P1 - Property protection detection everywhere (almost - also must be monitored, longer standby times, no call points, may have no or limited sounders) P2/M & P1/M Property protection systems also incorporating call points and sounders to meet the minimum life safety requirements You can also mix P & L systems such as P2/L4 which would be a building with manual call points and sounders, escape route detection for life safety and then some additional detection for a property protection purpose along with remote monitoring.
  12. Doors within flats

    Flat front doors still require closers. Flat internal doors used to require closers, but this was dropped in revisions to Building Regulations as they were almost universally removed by residents. You don't need to fit them and if you have an older flat you no longer need to retain them.
  13. These old doors, which often are steel with an asbestos core, are for compartmentation purposes and are usually at least 2 hours and often 4 hours. What level of performance are you needing?
  14. Fire Doors

    If it dates back to Victorian times whilst it may be a good solid door it's unlikely to have the 44mm thickness you would expect for a notional 30 minute fire door. Heritage doors that cannot be replaced with modern fire doors are often uprated to notional standards by the use of, for example, intumescent papers or varnishes applied to the risk side.
  15. High rise fire doors

    The history of the regulations is contained here: https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/fire-safety-purpose-built-04b.pdf Basically front doors being fire doors stems from around 1962 onwards. Internal fire doors are similar, although the exact doors changes over the years. Fire doors are ideally third party certified and marked with either top labels or side fitted plugs (depending upon which scheme they are approved under) but it isn't mandatory and of course many doors were installed before these schemes existed. Lack of labelling can complicate matters but does not cause the door to fail.