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  2. Not unless some temporary measures are in place to ensure the alarm can still be promptly raised - the size and type of premises determines what these would be.
  3. Yes, it's in the official guidance (which with the Fire Safety Act will have statutory backing in residential properties) and borrowed external lighting isn't always reliable and sometimes has to be discounted in assessments. In small blocks the retrofit of EL is considered a very low priority compared to other issues such as fire doors etc which are the main priority so you would only expect it actioned once all other issues are completed. It can, however, be what is called 'non maintained' which means that the lights are not lit (other than a small green LED showing the power is on
  4. That's your interpretation of course, but does not reflect what is being enforced out there, nor makes some of the massive gaps that shoddy contractors are putting in acceptable.
  5. You've read the guidance - that's your answer. Admittedly it's often not followed and not always strictly enforced but that doesn't make it right.
  6. At least it allows me to see the firestopping appears correct! The tiles don't appear to be part of the compartmentation, the usual issue with the odd missing tile is allowing smoke and combustion products to spread un-noticed and, if the void has no detectors, allow the fire to develop more before detection is activated as the rising smoke enters and layers above the corridor detectors.
  7. An enforcing authority would usually look for the D1 equipment and may require you to provide this and issue a deficiency notice if a lower specification was present. Insurers and holiday let host sites also may have minimum requirements. If it wasn't a holiday let battery units would be accepted as long as it hadn't been rewired in recent years (when it should have had the system upgraded to mains) It's probably best asking your local council & fire service as they ultimately enforce and sometimes take a relaxed approach to certain requirements and may say battery only will do - the
  8. What do the units instructions say? Does it have a built in thermometer ? (You do not give the model number)
  9. Hi, I hope you are able to help. My son had a room in a private halls of residents whilst at university. This was a new-build and the suspended ceiling outside his room door was missing tiles, especially around the smoke detector and sprinkler system; the corridor outside his room was a protected escape route. He was on the ground floor; his window led into an inner courtyard with two fire escape routes, however his window was locked to tilt only. The landlord's contractor said that there wasn't an issue if the tiles were missing. I have photos attached and would value your opinion on thi
  10. Do the chairs need to link? Acc cording to current guidance more than 50 they do; but in a building setting 1,000?! What about more than 50 but seated around tables? Also hotel function rooms - for weddings etc, 250 unlinked?
  11. Hello. Can anyone advise what level of fire rating is required for furniture in Children's Homes...the standard domestic standard (cigarette & match) or the Source 5. Thanks
  12. Can u stay in a building if the fire alarm is broken and won't be fixed for a rew weeks
  13. Hello everyone, our block of flats which consists of 5 units (2 on ground floor, 2 on 1st floor and 1 on 2nd floor) has just been fitted with 4 emergency lights that are permanently on. We have ceiling to floor windows in our entrance on all floors with lots of light. In the evening our outside lighting shines in. Did we need this lighting? What are the regulations? We were not consulted and we are all not very happy as we know costs are involved in not only the installation but the amount of electricity they will use and at a time when we are trying to reduce costs! Any help much appreciated
  14. So long as there is no pressurisation present, the only statutory requirement is for head and jambs to resist the passage of cold smoke
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  16. Good afternoon My carbon monoxide firefiangel is flashing green light with 26°c what does this mean?
  17. Thanks for your replies. I guess i'll have to find out more details about it.
  18. Hi, when you say “expectation” do you mean legal requirement? It will be hugely disruptive to put in a wired system at this stage. Flat has been plastered and painted etc Thanks
  19. It is quite common for a carbon monoxide alarm to activate after a new screed floor has been laid, this forum has quite a few such instances.
  20. As it's considered commercial sleeping risk rather than a flat on a AST the expectation would be for Grade D1 (mains with tamperproof battery) system that are interconnected. It's a long time since you needed to link via bell wire and now almost universally radio link units are used. You can find D1 Radio link alarms here https://www.safelincs.co.uk/smoke-alarms/
  21. You can get wireless interlinked smoke alarms. They can either be battery powered or mains powered. You can get them from Safelincs Click here
  22. When inspecting the gaps between the edges of the fire door leaf and the door frame: 1) Check the gap is between 2mm minimum and 4mm maximum, generally (consult the door leaf data sheet for certainty about the requirements). 2) Ensure that the smoke seal brush or blade (where required) is in light contact with the surface that it sweeps or compresses against, in the door fully-closed position. 3) Ensure that the door leaf does no stand proud of the door frame (and not proud of the other leaf of double doors). The door frame rebate does not provide significant protection aga
  23. Obviously floor conditions can be outside the control of the fire door installer. Where the 3mm gap cannot be achieved options are fitting a threshold plate to the floor or fitting a drop-down seal to the door leaf bottom edge. Where fitting of those is not possible then the person or organization that has control of the building and responsibility for fire safety should make a risk based decision about whether the excessive gap is acceptable. If deemed not acceptable then remedial action to the floor condition will be necessary. The following is from ASDMA on BS 8214:
  24. Hi Anthony, Thanks for your reply and the link. That document refers to the risk assessment which I have already done. One of my risks is that the flat has old style battery smoke alarms, not interconnected and of unknown age. So they need to go in my view. To be more specific in my question, I am looking for guidance on D1, D2 vs F1 and F2 smoke alarms and if there is a legal requirement for them to be wired in as I don’t want to have to chase wires into the property and make a mess? Thanks
  25. We have just had the same, screed was laid this morning, CO alarm was going off (which was lying on top of the water cylinder next to the boiler) albeit covered in a thick layer of dust. Once a gas engineer had been out and disconnected the gas the supply we went to bed where the alarm went off again in the freshly screeded room!
  26. This is the link to the appropriate Government fire safety guidance for your usage of the flat: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/11085/payingguests.pdf The rest of the building (common parts) is the responsibility of the freeholder or lease holder's 'right to manage' company with regard to risk assessment and fire safety provisions.
  27. Looks electro-mechanical and not usually allowed on exits, absolutely not if not failsafe. Depending on the type of override if it was fail safe there are maintenance/testing obligations
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