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Tom Sutton

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  1. Check out Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats page 86.
  2. BS 8214: 2016. Top,and sides should be 2 mm +/_ 1 mm (Maximum 4 mm minimum 2 mm) threshold gap is a little more complicated, check out the British Standard.
  3. I think you are more likely to get a response from Firenet Forum http://firenetforum.org.uk/ they have a membership of many more FR assessors who would be able to give an informed reply.
  4. Assuming the exit door doesn’t need to be fire resistant to a 30 minutes standard, also the exit width is satisfactory and it is installed according to BS 7273 part 4 then it should be acceptable, check it out with your fire risk assessor.
  5. Was it working satisfactory when you took over the premises if it was then it is your responsibility and you need to replace it. You need to purchase a new mains operated one and have it fitted by an electrician, or get a battery operated one and fix it yourself. Check out https://www.safelincs.co.uk/co-detectors/ and https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111133439/regulation/4
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    small flats

    andre if it is three self contained flats then it is not an HMO check out HOUSING – FIRE SAFETY Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing and which designation does it fall under.
  7. Also you haven't give a description and type of premises involved.
  8. An electrical plant room will have to be enclosed to a minimum 30 min standard and the door will have to be a fire door. As it will not be required for means of escape purposes but to prevent, fire and smoke spread, then the height, in my opinion would not be critical however you will need to contact the building control for their ruling.
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    Fire testing clothing

    Contact your local trading standards they are the enforcing authority on certain types of clothing they should be able to give you some authoritative advice. Check out https://www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office.
  10. Its important if you get involved in a dispute.
  11. As you would be fitting the call point upside down I would contact the manufacturer to check that it would work correctly in that position and as a result any wording on the face of the call point would also be upside down, therefore you then need to ask your self could this cause confusion for any person who had to use the call point. Have you considered modifying the dado rail to enable the test key to be used satisfactorily or relocating the call point a few cm higher.
  12. If you source your materials in the UK then the supplier will be subject to the regulations if it is anywhere other than the UK they are not subject to the regulations consequently you need documented proof. Buying online you do not know where the supplier is located so you need a physical address to deal with and even in that case you cannot be sure they are only acting as agents, I think you should insist on copies of the certificates for your records.
  13. It will be interesting to see their response.
  14. I consider your comments acceptable except the one about "Pair of doors with primary leaf fitted with closer and secondary leaf bolted shut" and as it is illegal (article 14 RR(FS)O) it should be treated as a door without a lock, as it may appear you are condoning the situation. It should be reported to the enforcing authorities for them to consider what action to take. There is a video showing what happens when people escaping are confronted by a double door where one is locked showing the unsuccessful attempts to open the locked door.
  15. This would mean major building work but you could try https://www.propertyrepairsystems.co.uk/fireceiling.htm, I have no experience of this system but you could contact the company and of course the local building control, see what they have to say.
  16. Before you fitted the threshold plate you would need to trim the door so it is 7 mm across the width of the door when closed.
  17. Check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations page 30 bottom paragraph left column.
  18. Check out the following links it maybe useful, you could join the forums and they maybe able to help. http://forum.iosh.co.uk/posts/m745576-Metal-external-fire-escape-staircase https://www.safety-managementuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/BS-8210-2012-3.pdf https://www.healthandsafetytips.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=25938
  19. I cannot advise on Health & Safety issues but regarding the fire safety matter if you cannot get a satisfactory response from the managing agents you can contact the local fire and rescue service, check out https://www.firesafe.org.uk/uk-fire-rescue-services-details/.
  20. From the FIRA guide on the FFFSR, "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." I think because of the General Product Safety Regulations it would be unwise to use kapok and because other manufacturers take a chance or float the law I would not advise it. Check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations and if necessary contact them.
  21. A re-upholsterer is subject to the FFFSR check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations, page 19 section 9.
  22. Ian you are correct but anybody assisting the RP has to be competent person and the RR(FS)O says " A person is to be regarded as competent for the purposes of this article where he has sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable him properly to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures." In my opinion this means he has to be qualified in someway and needs proof to satisfy the RP.
  23. Without a survey of detailed plans it is impossible to say but when it was built it must have receive a completion certificate I would suggest you contact the local building control.
  24. If the doors are not fire doors then this arrangement could be a design feature to ensure privacy for people in the bedroom/living room when the front door is being answered. If they are fire doors then it could be double door protection but I do not fully understand why. Without more information it is not possible to give a definitive answer but the guide for your situation is HOUSING – FIRE SAFETY Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing and check out the example for your premises but it is reasonable certain you will require a FD30s for the front door and a fire alarm for the common areas/each flat. All this should have been taken into account when the Fire Risk Assessment was done.
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