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Tom Sutton

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  1. Check out https://www.oftec.org/Media/Default/DocGalleries/Technical Book Four Updates/OFTEC_TechnicalBook4_AMD_04_0413_15.pdf it should give you the fire separation you require.
  2. Check out Approved Document B (fire Safety) volume 2: Premises other than Dwelling Houses page 134 Compartment walls this maybe what you are looking for.
  3. What is the travel distance from the new end to a place of comparative safety, the staircase may not be comparative safety.
  4. Why have you limited to 60 where did you get that guidance, the direction of openning of doors does control the numbers but I am not aware of single direction escape does.
  5. It could be either a timber wall or timber cladding and it should be be able to check this by inspection. Each is treated differently by Approved Document B (fire Safety) volume 2: Premises other than Dwelling Houses B4.
  6. Andy as AB said it depends on the level of fire resistance required, what is required in your case?
  7. Not sure what you mean Andy could you please elaborate.
  8. Thing were much easier in my day, Building Regulations 1972, schedule 8 part VII, 12.5mm plasterboard, skimmed, 1/2hour.
  9. It all depends on the fire risk assessment theirs with yours, as required by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 you would need to compare them, the guidance for B&B premises is Sleeping accommodation. Also check out Do You Have Paying Guests .
  10. This is the guidance they should be using HOUSING – FIRE SAFETY Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing check it out.
  11. The office guide states, Where more than one escape route is available and depending on the findings of your risk assessment, items such as those below may be acceptable if the minimum exit widths are maintained and the item presents a relatively low fire risk: • non-combustible lockers; • vending machines; • small items of electrical equipment (e.g. photocopiers); and • small coat racks and/or small quantities of upholstered furniture which meets BS 7176 or the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. However allowing a desk, phone and waiting areas in escape routes, providing the seating is fire retardant has been accepted for years, unfortunately give an inch take a mile which will usually happen, consequently strict management is required. If you consider this acceptable then it must be subject to a strict fire risk assessment and I would ensure if there is a fire everybody would be able to turn their back on the fire to escape. I would also check the time the area would remain tenable and ensure people could reach a safe area, plus there would be other considerations.
  12. No it would be a nonminal fire door which there are many out there and can be acceptable to many BCO/AI,s, in fact at the end of the global assessment there is a document thats makes this point.
  13. As far as I am aware the FFFSR is only a UK legislation and not EU, therefore they are not in breech of any EU laws, but you would be in breech of UK laws if you sold it in the UK.
  14. I am not a lawyer but I would think the EU supplier is not breaking th FFFSR as it does not apply to them but if you resell it you are. I also think the Trading Standards are the enforcing authority and would not be intersted until the FFFSR has been broken. What is the terms of your contract and does it stipulate all relevant items should comply with the FFFSR, I think you need the services of a contract lawyer.
  15. Have you read the manual that comes with the smoke alarm, it appears to explain it in the troubleshooting section and if it is hard to understand check with the manufacturer.
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