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Tom Sutton

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  1. I think I would class them as floor cushions, floor cushions must meet all of the requirements of the Regulations. Floor cushions are considered to be any cushion supplied separately and not comprising an integral part of an item of upholstered seating. While not defined in the Regulations, it is commonly accepted that a floor cushion has dimensions which are greater than 60cm x 60cm x nominal product thickness. If there is any doubt over compliance with the Regulations it is recommended that expert advice is sought check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations  Section 11.

  2. Depends on the numbers likely to use it, if its less than 60 then it could rehung to open inwards, if more then it would have to be set back the width of the door and hung to open outwards.

  3. If you are changing an existing fire door for a new one then then you should use a fire door set, which is the door and frame. The important thing to consider is the opening must meet a 30 minute fire resisting standard and any glazing used should meet that standard, check out 20.1-GGF-Fire-resistant-Glazing-Guide-2018.pdf.

    Any door closer should allow the door to open to its full extent and hold it in the closed position until it is latched. Will the self closer you are proposing to use on this double swing door open to 180 degrees and latch when closed or hold the door in the closed position when pressure is applied to it.

  4. A notice board cover in fabric, when in use it will have paper pinned to it which would be more flammable the the board. It is generally accepted that notice boards located in escape routes should be limited in number and the surface spread of flame properties should class 1 at least. A way to achieve this is to fit the notice board in a glass cabinet and have as few as possible. It would all depend on the fire risk assessment what would be acceptable or accepted.

  5. You said "The office has a single point of access / egress, through said door, and no window. Once out of the door, turn left 3 meters or right 20 meters to get to Fire exits."

    1. When you exit the door, is it into a corridor and is there more rooms opening into the corridor?

    2.  Is the fire exits a final exit or to a protected route?

    3. What is the maximum travel distance in the office as from the door is is excessive for high or medium risk and could be for low.

    Without a physical survey and more details it is impossible to give a satisfactory reply.

  6. Furniture covered by domestic or contract regulation, will both resist the ignition of a fire, with the difference being a case for argument and as the furniture is being loaned, not sold, also with the occupier accepting it, I do not see any legal problems, but that would need to be taken up by a lawyer.

  7. Has far as I am aware is because it is low risk and not subject to any regulation. You would have to hold a blow lamp on it some time to get it to ignite or cut it into small pieces (chips), so it is not of great concern when designing a means of escape scheme, however upholstery is another matter. 

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