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Tom Sutton

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  1. I would agree with you, all doors that can be used for MoE are 'on an escape route'. However providing the door in not locked when the room is occupied, I think you need to look at the chances of the door being inadvertently locked and is there written procedures to ensure this does not happen. The standard for this situation is BS EN 179: 2008.
  2. Providing the person or persons are competent, as defined in the FF(FS)O) in the fields involved.
  3. There is no answer to this problem it depends on so many parameters, check the internet on the best ways to ventilate a domestic premises.
  4. You need to provide more information, make and such
  5. You need the global fire risk assessment when you purchased the blanks which shows you how the blanks has to be modified to meet the required standards. Yes they will need lipping and intumescent strips depending the standard you are trying to achieve.
  6. If the batteries are fitted remove them then check it out. I has happened many times according to this site that the beep is emanating from elsewhere not the detector in question.
  7. Yes there should be FD30 doors and this will also meet the latest ADB, see Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Vol 1.
  8. Check out https://www.coltinfo.co.uk/files/pdf/UK/Smoke control in apartments and fire fighting shafts.pdf.
  9. It is likely to be subject to the Building Regulations therefore you should contact building control and get their advice.
  10. Check out https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-approved-document-b vol 1. as you will need Building Regulations approval.
  11. Tom Sutton

    Floor fire risk

    I see this as a construction problem not a fire risk, I have been to many fires and the floors where not affected by a fire on that floor, only if it starts on the floor below which can breach the ceiling then floor above, as this is a concrete floor the chances would be low.
  12. I would think that if the fire alarm operates they would be moving the a place of safety like everybody else and unlikely to block the door.
  13. The AOV within the protected lobby is for clearing the smoke from the lobby if that is the floor where the fire is located, the staircase will have its own ventilation. Check out Webinar Calendar (coltinfo.co.uk) they have good webinars
  14. The Responsible Person (RP) makes the final decision he/she takes the fire risk assessor's advice and decides to accept it or not. It is the RP who choses the FR accessor and should be very careful to ensure the person is satisfactory. Check out A Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor. Because the FSO is based on risk assessment and is not prescriptive then there is going to be problems like this.
  15. Check out section 59 of Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats.
  16. I cannot give you a definitive answer but in my opinion you require to provide a 60 minute separation between the ground floor and the basement which could be achieved by a FD60s at the ground floors or enclose the stair case and provide a FD30s at the ground also basement level, you will most probably need to keep the external staircase for MoE. You need building regulation approval so you need to contact your local Building Control get get their approval.
  17. Of course providing it is fit for purpose.
  18. Are you talking about the display label or the permanent label, it is the permanent label you are required to have.
  19. Do you mean individual letter boxes in the entrance lobby because not allowing door mats is because they could cause a trip hazard not a fire hazard.
  20. If there is no upholstery and you do not use a filler then it would not be subject to Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations and I am not aware of any other legislation in private accommodation.
  21. Standard vanish is acceptable but you are limited to the number of coats you can use.
  22. The law says it must have a permanent label which means it cannot be removed or extremely difficult to remove and if it was, then there sure be evidence to show it had been removed. Your problem is not a fire safety matter and it would be better dealt with by solicitors.
  23. Check out AnthonyB answer above this applies to your situation.
  24. It depends on what you mean by install fire protection work there is some third party certification but not all work is covered and being a member of an appropriate association is sometimes the best you can achieve.
  25. Check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations and check with FIRA if necessary, when you know what is required search the the web with "Furniture Fire Labels", I found the ebay link was best.
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