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  2. The batteries inside will keep them going fo a while. Why don't you replace the mains alarms? They are easy enough to replace. What model alarms do you have?
  3. Hi, one of the most common ecacuation chairs is the Evac+Chair range. We checked this out for you: Evac+Chair don’t state a recommended mounting height but they do make an official floor stand which is around 70 cm tall making the chair hang 5 – 10cm from the floor. When hanging the chair on the wall with brackets we would recommend to hang the chair with a clearance of 10 to 30 cm underneath, to avoid contact when cleaning the floor, with an absolute maximum of 50cm from the floor, so that the weight of the chair can be comfortably handled. Also, the lower the chair is mounted, the lower the chances of damage should it be dropped while someone is picking it off the brackets. Harry
  4. Hi Angie, here is a link to a page about cleaning up after an extinguisher has been discharged. Harry
  5. Hi could anyone help. My son's friends thought it would be a good idea to let off his powder fire extinguisher in his room. Could anyone tell me best way to clean it up. He is slightly asthmatic. Would we need to throw away quilt pillows etc.. read to hoover and then wash.
  6. I know fire alarms detectors have been triggered by steam so it is possible that a CO detector could be also. I also agree your reasoning is sound and while you are getting a replacement buy a second CO detector, resulting having two detectors which makes sense in helping you decide if it is a false alarm, one operating needs investigating, two get immediately and call the gas emergency services. I also know in an effort to reduce false alarms in fire alarm systems multiply detectors heads are used and if only one detector operates the system will indicate a false alarm, it needs at least two, to trigger the fire alarm. I know when detecting a fire there are a number of methods that can be used, smoke, heat and CO and there is only one for detecting CO, so it is not quite the same, but it could be argued having two CO detectors kind of follows that reasoning. As for immediate action that is for you to decide, everybody will see it differently.
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  8. This forum is about giving fire safety advice not pricing, which will vary greatly depending where in the country you live, so I would suggest you you get a number of quotes locally, study them, and this should indicate a fair price.
  9. It would all depend on the compartmentation between premises I would suggest you employ a fire risk assessor to conduct a FRA, with the need of a fire alarm top of the list, you would certainly need a fire alarm but which type would depend on the size of the premises. Your last FRA what did it say about the need of a fire alarm.
  10. I would agree with you bunting, tote bags, home decorations from textiles are not covered by the regulations and you could label them as you choose, but the seat pads are subject to the regs and the guidance states, The regulatory requirement for scatter cushions and seat pads is that the filling material only must satisfy the relevant ignition test and each individual item must bear a reduced information permanent label. For scatter cushions which are provided with a fitted and non-removable decorative cover the requirement is that a permanent label is attached securely to an exterior surface (often attached to the seam). However, there has been some confusion when the scatter cushion interior pad has been supplied with a zip-on removable cover. This is because the required label refers only to the filling materials for scatter cushions and there are no requirements for the fire resistance of the cover. Hence, if the label is fitted to the zip-on cover and subsequently the cover and filling become separated, or the cover ends up on a different filling, the label would be inaccurate. Enforcement officers accept labels fixed to the interior pads of scatter cushions and suggest that the label protrudes through a partly open zip at the point of sale so it is visible. Therefore I would deduce that because you are using a zip, a reduced information permanent label be fitted to the pad and the label protrudes through a partly open zip at the point of sale so it is visible. Check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations FIRA
  11. I think you have taken the correct action contacting the manufacturer and I would contact the fire service they may fit a replacement.
  12. No, there is no such article that in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that requires this, but if you speak nicely to the Responsible Person he/she may let you view it.
  13. IMO this situation is acceptable and if the fire originated in this area, this exit door would most probably not used. The only criticism is the fire exit sign, I believe another one should be fixed on the front of the racking opposite the door, pointing to the exit door. A further observation the exit sign above the door would better indicate the door if it was an illuminated sign.
  14. Hi we had a tense night 2dys ago with 1 of the 6 smoke alarms going off only for a short blast, we are thinking of getting battery 1s and then switch these off at the mains will they shut down completely or is there a battery inside that will keep them going??
  15. A fixed ramp would be preferred but if it is impossible or impractical the a temporary system could be acceptable but check it out with your fire risk assessor or Fire and Rescue Service, fire prevention department.
  16. Providing the gates are closed I cannot see how it would affect self or assisted rescue from the escape window and at the time it is likely to be required it is more than likely it will be closed for security reasons. The most likely means of escape from a escape window would be assisted therefore not a problem and providing a effective fire alarm is installed the principle MoE is likely to be used.
  17. I do not fully understand your question.
  18. Tom Sutton


    Insufficient information you would need to provide a full details of the type, layout and preferable the premises need a professional fire safety survey to give you a full answer to your question.
  19. Your fire risk assessment and escape strategy should identify which doors need to be fire resisting.
  20. Purchase a fire rated door blank with suitable evidence of performance. The blank can be cut to size and at the edges and lipped with suitable hardwood. Follow the technical manual for the door blank with regard to sizing and installation. Alternatively order a custom-made fire door to the size you require and install in accordance with the door leaf installation instructions/product data sheet.
  21. Page 19 of the document 'Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire & Escape Doors' at http://www.firecode.org.uk/Code_of_Practice_hardware_for_fire_and_escape_doors.pdf provides guidance.
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  23. It has been known, yes! Hopefully that's all or it's an expensive job!
  24. Depends how decorative you need it! https://www.diy.com/departments/doors-and-windows/bandq/fire/_/N-92gZ1z13zsvZ1z1398t?page=2 The door and frame need to be matched ideally as testing and approval is usually as a doorset (whole assembly, door, frame, etc) Check the lease for the block doesn't have conditions on the appearance of the door, it may have to match the others.
  25. You are right not to believe him, the fire protection market is awash with chancers wanting to make a quick buck and the doors are likely to not be certified (sadly not illegal) or even recycled (old out of existing buildings). Consult a certified fire door provider who will help you out.
  26. AnthonyB


    Yes - https://envirograf.com/ They are specialists in tested and certified methods to upgrade existing heritage doors.
  27. If the conversion was Building Regs compliant and is a 'Stay Put' building then ultimately they should be present, but based on the size of premises they are not an immediate requirement (based on the LGA Guide covering fire safety in purpose built flats) If a non compliant conversion and thus using full evacuation then under the LACORS guide they should be FD30S doors with strips & smoke seals
  28. It's not strictly a requirement in existing rented premises, the legislation (seperate to that within the remit of the FRA) compelling private landlords to provide smoke alarms is vague enough to make the use of Grade F (battery only) smoke alarms legal. If you were to carry out a full rewire then under Building Regulations you would need combined mains & battery alarms (Grade D1 if rented, D2 if owner occupied) The risk assessment is for legislation that doesn't even apply inside your flat beyond measures protecting the common areas and other occupiers (i.e. the front door and in substandard construction buildings parts of a communal fire alarm system)
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