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  1. Scotland has its own fire safety legislation, building regulations and guides; despite that complication, you are asking for a fire risk assessment to deal with disabled persons and that would be impossible to conduct without a physical inspection or at least detailed plans showing escape route travel distances also any fire resistant construction. I would suggest you speak to the fire risk assessor that completed your initial FRA and ask him/her their opinions on your proposals. You also need to understand the terminology check out https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Justice/policies/police-fire-rescue/fire/FireLaw and http://www.firesafetyfirst.co.uk/publications/Scotland - The Evacuation of Disabled Persons from Buildings.pdf
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    BS Fire Safety Regulations for Curtain/Blind Makers

    FRFree are you saying if your employ a plumber in your house or you convert the back room into a office, it becomes a workplace, which I equate to the situation above, the principle use of the premiese still remains a domestic property.
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    What gap under fire door

    Neil assuming the floor is not level and you if you fit a threshold plate to the floor would this not create a tripping hazard or could you make a bespoke one out of hardwood with a chamfer on each side?
  4. Check out https://www.safelincs-forum.co.uk/topic/5637-fire-exit-to-be-closed/?tab=comments#comment-12036. Yours is the reverse of this situation and in your case get your solicitor to send a letter to next door telling them you are going to block off the second exit and give them reasonable time to make alternative arrangements then block it off, check this with your solicitor first. Your solicitor should deal with the situation and advise you accordingly.
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    HMO - Purpose built flat.

    I am assuming smoke alarms are fitted therefore no smoke seals because the smoke alarms require smoke leakage from the room of origin, to activate. As evacuation from a domestic premises is more likely to be in the cold smoke stage then intumescent strips will not be necessary for life safety but more for property protection which may be worth considering.
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    What gap under fire door

    It depends on what is meant by drop seal, if it is drop down smoke seal that should solve the problem. Check out https://www.safelincs.co.uk/surface-mounted-drop-down-smoke-seal/.
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    Replacement Doors

    I am not aware of any such guidance but the current guidance is clear Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats, if a new door has to be fitted it must be FD30s fire door to the current standards and fitted with an approved self closer. If an existing front door is a well fitting, of substantial construction with an approved self closer then it can be accepted also I would require all door furniture meets the current standards. Consequently I would think to replace individual doors as necessary depending on door inspections.
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    HMO - Purpose built flat.

    The front door is subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and needs to be a FD30s fire door with an approved self closer fitted, when installing a new front door. The inside of the flat is subject to The Housing Act 2004 and may be subject to the Building Regulations, consequently most internal doors are FD20 Fire Doors or well fitting substantial standard doors with no self closers. There may be situations where a a FD30 fire door is required for a kitchen depending on layout.
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    2 Storey Office Building

    It is impossible to give you an answer with the details you have provided, it could be acceptable on the other hand it may not be acceptable. I would need the answers to many more questions, like the layout, travel distances and others, so I would suggest you employ the services of a fire safety consultant to look at your proposals.
  10. The beeping noise is used to alert you to unsafe CO levels. It is usually in the form of 4 beeps, a pause, then 4 more beeps. This pattern is repeated continuously until the CO level drops or until you press the “mute” button. So this would indicate it detected CO, but as it cleared after your actions, I would imagine that an unsafe level of CO did not remain and a spike had activated the detector which is now cleared. What I would do is monitor the detector and if any of your actions repeat the situation take appropriate actions to prevent the spike. If you have any doubts contact the gas board and seek their advice.
  11. Without knowing the layout of the premises and the fire action plan you cannot give a reasonable answer.
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    Emergency lighting

    Is regulations necessary, it is pretty obvious to me it should be securely fitted as common sense would dictate.
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    Harry as answered this one and you responded.
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    Wiring update Ei151 to Ei161

    Its clear to me , that is what harry is saying.
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    Making a bespoke FD30

    New fire doors has to meet the latest standards which means installing fire door sets, this means the fire door including the frame. It should have documentation proving it meets the required standard, plus details on all the door furniture, also full installation instructions. This means if you should alter the door in any way the certificate would be null and void. All this is subject to the Building Control Officer/Authorised Inspector final inspection so you need to get their opinions first before you start or the owner may not get a completion certificate.
  16. You are subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which requires the Responsible Person (RP), as designated by the regulations, to conduct a fire risk assessment (FRA), and has been the situation for the last 12 years. In your case the the RP is the resident association company therefore all of you share the role of RP, as directors. Yes you can conduct the FRA yourselves if you consider yourself competent to do so and I am assuming you are purpose built flats therefore the guidance would be Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. Again assuming you do not employ anybody you do not require to record the significant findings but it is best to, as it makes it much easier when dealing with solicitors and others. Check out https://www.firesafe.org.uk/fire-risk-assessment/ it may be of help.
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    Fire Door Electronic Tags

    I am not aware of any and most information like that is recorded in the fire check log or a label attached to the item involved. Check out https://www.safelincs.co.uk/fire-safety-log-book/.
  18. Is the door square with the stile and it is the floor that is sloping or the reverse.
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    Flat fire door for private entrance

    A new fire door should be installed as a fire door set, which is the door and frame with a test report giving full instruction how it should be fitted. It will also give details on the door furniture and it is possible to obtain items such as fire-rated letter box, integrated door knocker and spy hole and hinges that meet the require fire resistance. Check out https://www.safelincs.co.uk/?fga=true&msclkid=e937157661da1ce34cc049719aab745b&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=SL Text%3A Safelincs&utm_term=safelincs fire&utm_content=Safelincs and https://envirograf.com/ there are many more.
  20. Without seeing the situation I cannot give a definitive answer but it appears the very small square of communal hallway is the communal area and that's the area that needs a FRA, the Responsible Person is required to conduct a FRA who is the owner/leaseholder. The two doors off this areas should be FD30s doors and separation between the two flats should be to at least 30 minutes. The flat passed your front door is not subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 but by The Housing Act 2004 and you do need smoke and CO detectors which should be supplied by your landlord, check out The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
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    can a 10 year old do damage to a fire door

    All doors are designed to be opened in a normal manner not slammed open which in this case appears to pulled out the hinges which is possible if the forces are severe enough. The problem could be that it is not possible to refix the door because of a damaged stile not allowing the screws to be inserted and a new door is required.
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    Landlord fire risk assesment

    The only person who can clarify the situation is the Responsible Person, who in your case will be the landlord and should have conducted a fire risk assessment, listing the significant findings, which will include the removing of your fence. Removing or reducing fire risks, is part of the FRA but I accept fence material is capable of igniting but what is going to ignite it? The only person who can resolve your problem is your landlord so you need to speak to him/her.
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    The situation regarding pet beds remains unclear. Discussions with enforcement officers regarding these products have indicated that they are outside the scope of the Regulations. However, they would still be expected to comply with the General Product Safety Regulations and therefore the enforcement officers might expect any foam used in these products to be Schedule 1 compliant as detailed in the Regulations. However, it is important to note that only a court of law would be able to decide whether or not this is the case. You could contact the enforcing authority, Trading Standards and see what they have to say.
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    Electric heaters

    You are quite correct and an emergency stairwell should be kept sterile, but that is not always possible and you should reduce the fire risk to as low as possible. Could they be replaced with a more safer type of heater, is there any flammable materials close that the heaters could ignite and could they be interfered with by passer by. As I have said if they cannot be removed make them a safe as possible also check out the Fire Risk Assessment maybe they have been considered a significant finding.
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    Oli tank barrier

    You could build a single brick or block wall with double brick piers to the height and length you require, or check out https://www.fireboards.co.uk/enviroboards-oil-tank-kits their kits may be suitable or check out https://uk.answersite.com/search?q=oil+tank+fire+barrier&ts=b&agid=1339205226295928&kwid=kwd-83700378478401%3Aloc-188&n=o&qsrc=0&src=jo&gch=&au=11690998&tt=T0002404&clickid=04af4b3a7f611b4885d91738d334b735&mkt=gbr&dev=c&adid=83700338940663&qstr=60+minute+fire+rated+barrier+for+oil+tank&utm_source=b&utm_medium=bcpc&msclkid=04af4b3a7f611b4885d91738d334b735&jtUidc=127eef02-2b74-429e-91ce-ad66bc923583&jtSessionRedirector=98d3ef67-ea1c-4124-94b5-ba4cf1140b7a and surf.