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  1. AnthonyB

    Fire protection on external wall

    A one room building with no relevant persons to protect most of the time, where the service penetration is to the outside and would safely vent in the event of fire? Unless there is an adjacent building or risk that would be affected by improper fire stopping in this case, which sounds extremely unlikely, then from a fire safety point of view you could fill it with chewing gum for all the difference it makes....
  2. AnthonyB

    bar across fire exit to stop burglars

    It's legal as long as it's managed such that all fastenings are removed when the premises are occupied. If this isn't happening it's an offence and management requires improvement or an alternative option considered
  3. Strict interpretation of the signage rules is the use of an up arrow above the door as up is for straight on as well as up. When through the door you have another change of direction requiring another sign for the stairs (usually diagonal down & left, or down & right depending on how the stairs run)
  4. AnthonyB


    Sounders have always needed to be in fire resistant cabling for a lot, lot longer than 20 years. This is a serious non conformance that affects life safety and must be remedied. Detection zones to call points and smoke/heat detectors have only required to be fire resistant since 2002 (although most good installers would use FP or Pyro anyway). This is because original conventional fire alarms would go into 'fire' when their cables were short circuited so a fire burning through cabling would still set the alarm off, which would continue to sound as the sounder circuits would be fire resistant. As long as the current panel is set to operate in 'short circuit = fire' mode (most modern panels default to 'short circuit = fault' mode and would need the setting changing) this is less of an issue unless the panel cannot be set for short circuit = fire So: Sounders in FR cabling - essential; detection zones in FR cabling - desirable
  5. Size of premises has no bearing on applicability of legislation. Even a tent in a field if not used as a private dwelling is subject to fire safety legislation. If your fittings are genuine emergency lights (that will stay illuminated upon power failure using their internal batteries and can often be identified by their green LED light (which is illuminated under normal conditions to show the battery charger is on) then they require a suitable system of maintenance under the Fire Safety Order. The benchmark is in BS5266-1 where the fittings should be tested monthly for function (brief on/off test) and annual for duration (full 3 hours under battery). If the installation has been made by a competent person and in line with BS5266-1 then there will be secret key test switches that would allow you to carry out this testing.
  6. FD30s (smoke sealed). Why do you not have a smoke alarm. Unless it's a privately owner occupied flat that was built or converted before 1991 it should have one and if rented must.
  7. If it's a cupboard you can fit it with a lock and sign it "fire door keep locked shut". No lock and you will need a self closer.
  8. Infrequently occupied cupboards designed to be kept locked shut don't have closers but rooms usually do, especially high risk rooms like laundries.
  9. You can have a lot of glazing in doors and they still be fire doors, but you would have to specify this and get them from a suitable specialist provider. Off the shelf glazed doors from the usual retailers may be toughened for health & safety, but are very unlikely to be fire rated.
  10. Unless that external door needs to be a fire door to protect an adjacent external escape route it doesn't need a self closer.
  11. AnthonyB

    Hallway Fire Doors

    If you are in the common hallway and it's on fire (which it shouldn't be short of an aggressive arson attack using a lot of accelerant) you would evacuate, but if the block meets structural requirements it should be safe to stay put in your flat if needed.
  12. This is a double post ,being asked in another section. I refer you to my answer there.
  13. AnthonyB

    Minimum dimensions of fire exits

    Check the fire risk assessment. Is this an exit at ground level to open air? Depending upon the location and distribution of the exits and any stairs and if the premises are stay put then there is a slight possibility the exit is for accommodation only and not required for escape - but I would want to see how they came to this decision.
  14. AnthonyB

    Damaged fire exit doors.

    If it's an internal fire exit from one internal area to another there is a good chance it's meant to be a fire door as well in which case it needs repairing/replacing and a new closer fitting. The final fire exit to open air doesn't usually need a closer as it's not a fire door unless protecting an adjacent external escape route.
  15. AnthonyB

    Duplex fire separation

    The fact it's got it's own smoke control system suggests it is a non standard (not to Approved Document B) layout mitigated by a fire engineering approach. Layouts that are more open plan than the default approach of enclosed stairs and lobbies are not uncommon, usually using sprinklers and/or smoke control.