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  1. Thank you as always AnthonyB - much appreciated.
  2. Does anyone know if self-testing emergency escape lighting still needs a 3-hour discharge test each year?? We're looking at BS5266-1 and BS EN 50172 and we cant see where it mentions self-testing systems? Any help / guidance much appreciated.
  3. Does anyone know if it is a mandatory requirement for fire alarms in Care Homes / Hospices in England to be linked directly to an Alarm Receiving Centre? I believe in Scotland that it is (following Rose Park Care Home) but cannot find anywhere in writing that says it must be linked in England? I have seen some FRA's where the assessor recommends it (especially in cases where staff turnover is high or they use agency staff who may not appreciate / understand the importance of ringing 999 immediately). But have searched high & low and cannot find anything else... Or does it
  4. Hi, we have a block of flats which sit above a low risk commercial unit. Flats have own independent entry/exit doorway and there is suitable separation between commercial and residential parts. The flats (7 in total) sit on 3 floor levels above ground, so 4 floor in total. Each flat is privately owned and entrances are provided with lobby approach (2 x FD30s) at each floor level. We have been using LACORS for guidance on fire alarm systems; the building is pre-1991 and converted self-contained flats. Are we correct in thinking that the building should have a mixed system of Gr
  5. 🙂 thank you AnthonyB - are we correct in our other calculations and that the remaining width must be no less than 1050mm after we have deducted the largest door for 165 people?
  6. Please can we have some guidance on interpreting ADB - this is for a brand new village hall so we are using ADB Vol. 2 and specifically looking at tables 2.2 and 2.3. We have established and agreed with the architect that the capacity based upon 1m/person density is 165. So looking at table 2.2, we need at least 2 exit doorways. What we are struggling with is the widths. Reading Table 2.3, we need to deduct the largest doorway and use the remaining door width for the calculation. Does the remaining door width after we have discounted the largest then need to be no less tha
  7. Whilst this should be subject to Fire Risk Assessment (hate saying that as it always sounds like a way of swerving the answer) but further guidance can be found at: British Standard 9991 – Section 7.3 Approved Document B – Section 3.29 Local Government Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats – Section 59.5 The face of the building (excluding window openings) should provide at least 30mins fire resistance and window openings should not extend below a height of 1100 mm above the deck level. Surface materials of the facing wall, balcony soffit and balustrade should be
  8. If it is a fire exit door (i.e. leading directly to fresh air) then typically this would not need to be fire resistant so is there any reason why they've got a FD30 leaf and frame? 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? If it does need to be a fire resistant door, you are absolutely correct in saying that none of the door-set components can be adjusted unless it is completed in line with manufacturers instructions - otherwise the door-set is invalidated.
  9. Hi Anthony...thank you for your reply. It is definitely ADB they have used, but as with many cases I am seeing, a fire strategy document is a mythical item which architects and main contractors ignore to produce... Thanks anyway for your reply.
  10. Scenario is a new office block - ground plus 4 storey above (no basement). All office / administration use. All standard construction and each floor has lobby approach to staircase. No alternative means of escape from the upper floor levels. Under ADB Vol 2 (3.3 - Single escape stairs) from what I can read, a maximum of 60 occupants is permitted at each floor level subject to travel distance criteria being met and if any floor is above 11m, a second means of escape is made available... But, then looking at 2.9 in ADB Vol 2 (Number of occupants and exits) if the total occupancy for the
  11. Hi, Please could someone give me a steer on guidance to use for fire safety in mix occupancy (shop / office on ground floor and residential flat on first floor). Not purpose built - was a 1900's dwelling converted approximately 1950's. I've been looking at LACORS and DCLG/HM Guidance for sleeping accommodation - is there anything else? Due to the fire separation between the commercial unit (Hairdressers) and first floor being uncertain, I wanted a guide to show what compensatory features we could use, in particular early warning, linking in to flat. But didn't know if Hea
  12. Thank you @green foam - that's a great help.
  13. Hi, silly question but in our office we have huge amounts of portable electrical equipment such as monitors, PC's, laptops, kettles, microwaves, photocopiers, printers, etc. A typical large open plan office. The building is fitted throughout with a sprinkler system which is obviously a plus point! But, is there not a risk of electrocution or other problems if the sprinkler system activates over a piece of electrical equipment that is plugged in to the mains?? Also, when does the sprinkler stop putting water on the fire?? Does it work for a certain period of time or does it aut
  14. Thank you AnthonyB & Harry for your thoughts - I will stand by my original thoughts and tell them it is in their best interest to have them commissioned (by a competent person)...
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