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Tom Sutton

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  1. IMO your dog beds would fall under floor cushions and have to fully comply with 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 from the likes of Furniture Industry Research Association or check out section 11 of the guide.
  2. Selling second hand furniture and re-upholstering furniture you will be subject to the regulations. The permanent labels should already be fitted and you need to provide display labels. Any materials you buy should comply with the regulations and you should obtain documented proof of there fire resistance in case you have to prove it to the trading standards. Check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations
  3. Selling second hand furniture and re-upholstering furniture you will be subject to the regulations. The permanent labels should already be fitted and you need to provide display labels. Any materials you buy should comply with the regulations and you should obtain documented proof of there fire resistance in case you have to prove it to the trading standards. Check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations
  4. You should be using a fire door set which is the fire door complete with the frame. You will also need intumescent strips and fire seals if required.
  5. IMO all fire doors should be FD30s fire doors except the furthest door from the stairs and windows depending on the height of the cill from the floor, if it is less than 1.2 m then they should also be fire resistant.
  6. Fire escapes need only to be available when the premises are occupied. As it is an office I am assuming you are talking about illuminated maintained fire exit signs and they could be replaced with standard exit signs if there is sufficient illumination or non maintained emergency lights/exit signs if not.
  7. The landlord is subject to The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 which requires him/her to ensure a working domestic fire detector and CO detector is fitted in every new tenancy and my understanding after that it is the responsibility of the tenant. It does not stipulate the type of smoke detector but if it is a new build the Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Vol 1 applies and it is more definitive. As far as I am aware the management is not involved unless there is clauses inserted in the tenants agreement.
  8. It is difficult to advise on the sequence of led's you should check out the appropriate user instructions. It is possible for the detector to actuate with the gas and boiler off because there are other means that produce CO, solid fuel fires and car exhaust fumes for example.
  9. Further to Neils reply, if the door in question is protecting a common area from a fire in your flat it needs to protect from heat and smoke so needs to be a FD30s fire door. It is difficult to say if your original door meets the required standard you could have it checked out by a FDIS inspector.
  10. If it is a fire exit door (i.e. leading directly to fresh air) then typically this would not need to be fire resistant, unless it opens out on to an external escape route or external escape stairway in which case a fire door may be needed to protect occupants using the outside routes?
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    If it is a fire exit door (i.e. leading directly to fresh air) then typically this would not need to be fire resistant, unless it opens out on to an external escape route or external escape stairway in which case a fire door may be needed to protect occupants using the outside routes?
  12. A permanent label has to be fitted by the manufacturer and cannot be replaced, and display labels can be fitted when they are put up for sale. Permanent labels are required to be permanently fitted to the item of furniture and can be difficult to find. Check out the guide Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulation.
  13. Substitution is a good way of checking if a unit is working correctly or not and you should contact the manufacturer and the instructions that came with the detector.
  14. If the car is on the public thoroughfare and is abiding by the parking laws, it is unlikely you will be able to do anything about it, you could try talking to the council to see if they can help or try contacting a solicitor to see if they have any idea's.
  15. Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Vol 1 paragraph 2.10. states c. Locks (with or without removable keys) and opening stays (with child-resistant release catches) may be fitted to escape windows. d. Windows should be capable of remaining open without being held. Check out Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Vol 1
  16. Using plywood, which IMO dosent have much fire resistant properties because the laminations would be exposed to a fire, I would use softwood timber, which is what the frame of a FD30 fire door is made of.
  17. You can fit finger/foot plates to fire doors and these these have similar fittings so I do not see any problems except if you choose to used bolts through the door then you will need to use intumescent paste in the drilled hole before you insert the bolt.
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  19. I think your building manager does not understand the situation, providing it is as you described and IMO fire doors are not required. The only possible hazard would be if a fire was in yours or your neighbours flat and the front door was left open with fire emerging it could prevent the other persons escaping but IMO that would be a low risk. If you decide to fit a fire door it should be a FD30.
  20. The Regulations apply to upholstered outdoor furniture suitable for use in dwellings (e.g. homes, conservatories, caravans etc). The Regulations do not apply to garden furniture which is unsuitable for use in dwellings (i.e. garden furniture which would not physically fit indoors), non-upholstered garden furniture (e.g. deck-chairs and parasols) and cover fabric of any removable canopy part of upholstered garden furniture which is intended to act as sunshade or waterproof cover when the article is used in the open air. If there is any likelihood of the garden furniture being brought inside the
  21. The label does not follow the guidance for FFFSR check out Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations FIRA.
  22. You will be subject to the building regulations therefore it will be up to how BC Inspector interprets appendix A 2. It could be argued that the building is above 5 M therefore all floors have to be 60 mins FR or as you interprets it 30 mins for first floor/ 60 mins for second floor. Also how you achieve the necessary FR there are a number of ways and he/she may require a more onerous method. Check out Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Vol 2
  23. Is the door a FD30s fire door and is it required for compartmentation? Opening inwards is acceptable if less than 60 persons use it. It would appear that the lock is irrelevant if the door is use 24/7 but it is not illegal proving it is never locked if required for use.
  24. I do not know but a possibility is ASH could be the anti smoking campaign, OSH could be occupational safety and health and they could indicate their approval?
  25. I am not aware of any requirement for fire treated timber or guidance on fire treated timber in domestic situations, look at the amount of untreated timber in its construction. In commercial premises it is a different matter, all surfaces need to have a spread of flame classification depending where it is located, class O in circulation and escape routes, class 1 in large rooms and class 2 in other areas, check out Offices and shops page 120, however not all fire risk assessor require free standing items to meet this requirement.
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