Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:04 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:14 PM
1. When you get on the platform why can’t you disperse to the assemble point?
2. If you cannot disperse then how would an intruder get on the platform?
3. The door which apparently releases when the fire alarm goes off, is most probably fitted with mag-lock, why can’t the door into the main staircase be fitted as well.
Check out http://www.firesafe....nd-fire-safety/ it may be worth a read.
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:44 AM
Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:30 PM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:30 AM
Whether or not this is the situation will have to be decided between you and your freeholder. The fire service enforce the fire safety order so they have the last say.
Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:31 PM
This questions affects the means of escape for three flats [occupancy total 8] above a separate beauty and nail salon.
Wooden staircase leading to Exit door at street level with DEAD LOCK that is kept locked but each of the three flats has key to the Yale type lock.
Should the only Fire escape door have a dead-lock capable of being locked with a key? Or should this be a latch only?
Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:10 AM
All doors on escape routes should be quick and easy to open without the need for a key. In most situations this is the case; for instance, you simply operate the door handle of the door leading from an office and pass through. In the case of a hotel, while a key is required to access a bedroom, it is only necessary to operate the door handle to get out. However, the final exit door of a building frequently presents problems because this type of door requires a higher degree of security while still having to be to be opened easily from within.
Posted 06 January 2015 - 11:00 PM
Thumb turns on doors and windows have never been required by law or fire regulations. There are only two emergency exit fasteners recommended by British Standard BS EN 179:2008 which are lever handle or push pad. Because the fire safety order is all about risk assessment the RP (Responsible Person) can fit other types of fasteners if it is considered to be safe and are suitable risk assessed.
The main consideration is as stated in BS EN 179
4.1.2 Release function
An emergency exit device shall be designed to release a door at all times from the inside in less than 1 s, by one single hand operation only, not requiring the use of a key or other similar object. It shall be designed to release the door without any delay from the time the operating element is operated to the released position of the mechanism.
The operation of the operating element shall enable immediate exit from the inside at all times regardless of any auxiliary locking and/or unlocking means being incorporated, such as a deadbolt or outside access device. Compliance shall be verified by visual inspection, functional tests and/or measurements.
This would also apply to emergency escape windows.