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Tom Sutton

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  1. I must clarify that my response assumes the fire doors are fitted with intumescent strips as well as inch door stops, if not, then I do not recommend the breaking the continuity of the inch door stops for any distances.
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    Fire door glazing upgrade

    Fire resistant glass must only be used as part of a fire resistant glazed system – which includes the glass, the glazing seal, beads, fixings and frame. All essential components of such a system must be compatible under fire conditions, and the performance must be referenced to appropriate and relevant test evidence. I do not think fitting FR glass to the back of existing glazing is sufficient and as Neil has said make sure it is a FD30s fire door. Check out http://www.lorientuk.com/products/fire-resistant-glazing-systems/
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    David E

    BS EN 13501 is an EC standard for the Fire classification of construction products and building elements. Classification using test data from reaction to fire tests, which in my opinion is not for door mats and BS 5287 Specification for assessment and labelling of textile floor coverings tested to BS 4790 is the relevant standards. In my opinion fire properties is not that important, what is more important is if it is a tripping hazard and cannot see any reasons why you cannot use a standard non slip door mat providing it is not a tripping hazard.
  4. In the 1970's fire doors were tested to BS 476 part 8 and required an inch (25mm) doors stop to pass the test. Later that decade intumescent strips (IS) were introduced to improve the fire resistance and it was claimed the inch stops prevented the heat getting to the IS making it less effective. By the time BS 476 part 22 was introduced the inch rebates had been removed and the fire doors passed the new test, which was more demanding, indicating that with IS you didn't require inch rebates. Consequently I would suggest providing the lock doesn't break the continuity of the IS the fire doors integrity will not be reduced.
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    Kitchen fire doors

    Not enough information it would depend on the layout of the flat, travel distance and the height of the building. It is very likely you are subject to the building regulations and should study Approved Document B (fire Safety) volume 2: Premises other than Dwelling Houses and check out B1 section 2.
  6. The purpose of testing the alarm is to test some of the components and ensure the alarm s working, also to allow all relevant persons to hear what the alarm sounds like and ensure they can hear the alarm. It should be tested at the same time each week so relevant persons realise it is most likely a fire alarm test. Consequently the Responsible Person is not carrying out the recommended procedure.
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    Bird Nest in front of Firext Exit door

    I think you are addressing this query to the wrong forum you are more likely to get a better reply from a website like the RSPB. Check out https://www.pigeoncontrolresourcecentre.org/html/reviews/kill-pigeons-pigeon-traps-killing-pigeons.html and you are not the only one I have problems with the beasts.
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    imported furniture from china

    It all depends on the fire risk assessment and what level of fire resistance is needed. It is likely it would need to meet the medium hazard when tested to BS 7176: 2007 Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating by testing composites and carry the appropriate label or equivalent. You would most likely need to have documented proof to establish any claims made. You should study Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract and non-domestic sectors to see how complicated it is.
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    Inward opening fire exit door for a shop

    If the lock suggested by AB can be fitted then it is made of stainless steel and should not be affected by the elements with good maintenance, I would need to know a lot more details to give a complete answer.
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    Hallway Fire Doors

    Further to my response above I would suggest you have the front doors assessed to see what needs to be done to achieve the required standard, http://fdis.co.uk/ may be able to help.
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    Helping Fire Doors Meet the Floor

    You need to speak to the building control officer but he may accept a hardwood lipping to the bottom of the door within 3mm +/- 1mm of the normal floor level with a similar gaps on all other gaps.
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    Hallway Fire Doors

    I cannot give a definitive answer without seeing the full layout, but no, a hallway smoke alarms will not provide adequate fire safety and all front doors need to be updated to FDs fire doors.
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    Fire exit signage requirements

    Before you start considering signage you need to look at means of escape, how far do people have to travel to get to a place of relative safety. Check out https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-risk-assessment-factories-and-warehouses.
  14. How many people are involved, how wide is the exits, what is the travel distance and are they true alternatives?
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    Stay put policy

    Mark not strictly true the building is designed to prevent a fire in the flat of origin spreading to any other flat in the building for a minimum of 60 minutes, which should allow the fire and rescue service to get to the premises and extinguish the fire before anybody has to leave the building.