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AnthonyB

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  1. If you own the land and there is no easement allowing others access for emergency or other purposes then they cannot legally do this - the fire regulations do not override property law in this instance. You could grant them a deed of easement to allow this for which you could charge a fee. I'd ask to see the risk assessment as well.
  2. No it doesn't and leaseholders have overturned this at Tribunal in the past (especially where the doors were only visually inspected from one side and an arbitrary judgement made). Being 80's there is a fair chance these are already FD30S doors that might only need minor changes (e.g. if they use concealed chain closers they need changing to EN1154 overhead closers). The guidance they should be following is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-in-purpose-built-blocks-of-flats
  3. Any room can be locked when not in use unless it forms part of an escape route from an occupied area.
  4. Ladders are not (normally) accepted as a means of escape and if the premises are compliant with the one stair and exit (which they probably will be) then that is the end of the landlord and agent's responsibility. There is nothing stopping you buying your own if you are really worried. https://www.safelincs.co.uk/fire-escape-ladders/
  5. Only on some self testing fittings - which the majority aren't!
  6. It isn't right. It's controlled waste under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 so should have been removed and disposed of by a licensed contractor. More worrying is that cupboard is an extreme fire hazard with all that combustible stuff stored against the distribution board.
  7. Sorry, my bad, meant leaseholder. They should think themselves lucky as usually they would have to install and maintain their own system (interfaced to the flats as required) at their own cost which is usually far more than a service charge contribution.
  8. How does it open (other than manually) on power failure? This is the one stumbling block I've encountered with shutters where the motor is 240V or 415V. Otherwise the general principles seem sound in lieu of specific guidance.
  9. Depends on where they are and why. If they are Georgian wired for impact protection then suitable toughened/laminated safety glass, if for fire then it needs to be 30 minute fire resisting glazing (which due to advances in technology over the last couple of decades can be clear without wires). Toughened/laminated safety glass is not fire resistant as a matter of course it needs to be specified as both. https://www.ifsecglobal.com/fire-protection/guide-to-fire-resistant-glass-and-glazing/
  10. The white & green plug shows that door is a BWF certified Fire Check Door of 30 minutes stability & 20 minutes integrity that does not need separate intumescent strips as they are integral to the construction of the door located underneath the lipping. The white & blue plug shows that door is a BWF certified Fire Door of 30 minutes stability & integrity that does need separate intumescent strips in the doorframe. This system was used under fire doors under the old BS 476 Part 8 1972 standard where Integrity Failure is deemed to occur when cracks or other openings exist through which flames or hot gases can pass or when flaming occurs on the unexposed face & Stability Failure is deemed to occur when collapse of the specimen takes place. Current standard doors are measured by Integrity Only so the white/green doors would now be classed as FD20 doors for internal use in a flat and the white/blue door FD30 for the front door needing cold smoke seals as well as intumescent strips. Perko chains were accepted at the time but as they can't be adjusted they are unreliable and so usually should be replaced with proper closers. I very much doubt the fitters mentioned are competent if they are putting Perko chains in new doors! Other than some minor changes your doors seem fine and unless they are willing to pay to change them themselves may not be able to compel you to (especially as the door wasn't inspected) as some leaseholders found out when they took their freeholder to tribunal over fire door works and charges and won!
  11. If the individual enclosures were to the latest standard of a non combustible housing and the area free from combustibles that would be a reasonable alternative - products to upgrade existing housings also exist:https://envirograf.com/product/electrical-consumer-unit-and-distribution-board-fire-protection-system/
  12. Current benchmarks would require FD30S. The external door does not need to be a fire door unless an external escape route is nearby
  13. If it's still under construction I suggest you contact your Local Authority Building Control department to have a look.
  14. Depending on the country they may follow NFPA standards as oppose to BS - or nothing much at all!
  15. Depending on the country they may follow NFPA standards as oppose to BS - or nothing much at all!
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