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  1. That's great - thank you AnthonyB! 🙂
  2. Hi AnthonyB - as always, thank you for such a great, comprehensive answer. So, same question but in a block of flats, would you expect cupboards within stairways used for means of escape to be FD30/60s or just FD30/60? I am just thinking of a block where I know the doors to flats and stairs are FD30s but the cupboards to electrical meters and risers are FD30 with no smoke seal/brush (just fire strip). Would this be better to have FD30s on cupboards? How would a fire in the cupboards be detected in early stages if smoke seals fitted? Also, in some flats (more modern) they may have auto
  3. Thank you again AnthonyB - always much appreciated.
  4. Hi Do all fire doors in commercial premises need to have smoke seals fitted? in this case, an office accommodation. The query has been raised that, whilst fire doors along means of escape such as stairways and protected corridors have fire strips (intumescent) and smoke brushes, doors to store rooms, boiler cupboards, electrical equipment housing in accommodation areas have only fire/intumescent strips. Third party Fire Risk Assessor has said that all fire doors must have both intumescent strips and smoke seals/brushes. But, a third party fire consultant has said that this i
  5. We manage a few properties on behalf of a landlord - this query relates to a commercial property occupied by a single tenant for Office purposes. The tenant occupies 100% of the building. No shared or sub-let parts. As there are no common areas, does the Landlord need to arrange a FRA for anything, or should the tenant be responsible for this entirely?
  6. Just supporting Anthony's comments re. electrician / alarm engineers fitting smoke vents - we had a brand new block of flats built last year with all bells and whistles...but, at sign-off / handover stage, the Building Control Officer luckily spotted the fact that no manual controls for the ventilation system had been fitted at all...also, after further cause and effect testing, we noted that the AOV's opened on every single floor (20+ storey building).... we ended up (at some considerable expense) finding a competent contractor who specialised in smoke ventilation systems sorting this out for
  7. Thank you so much for the link to the LGA guide - especially the part 62.17 which is really useful. Wow...I cannot imagine a hotel these days with no automatic fire detection - how on earth was that ever allowed?!!
  8. Hi AnthonyB - thank you so much for such a comprehensive answer - that is really very useful to us. It is interesting as we have been reading the last 5 years worth of FRA's for this property - every year, the guidance used by the assessor has changed in as much as they each have their own opinion on what needs to be done to the doors. 3 out of the 5 state that they should retrospectively install fire and smoke seals, but 1 said the notional fire door with door stop is acceptable. 1 of the assessors advised that the doors are non-compliant due to having no smoke seals and the Perko
  9. Hi, please would you be able to steer us in the right direction please. We are managing agents for a purpose built block of flats - dated 1980s. 'Stay Put' evacuation policy. Each flat has a FD30 with Perko / chain self-closer. They are the original doors dating back to 1980. No fire strips or smoke seals on approximately 50% of flat entrance doors, but others (but only where residents have taken it upon themselves for their own peace of mind) have. Question is, should ALL the flat entrance doors now have fire and smoke seals retrospectively fitted as mandatory, or just b
  10. If anyone has a moment, please could I have your expert steer on a FRA due to be carried out? The basics: Converted building (originally built circa 1900 but conversion in recent years so not purpose built block of flats) The property as a whole is rented by the same party Communal stair and main entrance – each flat has own independent entrance door opening on to stair Each of the 4 flats has four bedrooms and a shared lounge, diner, kitchen and bathroom. The premises are not registered for HMO purposes (being the 4 bedroom rule). The plan is to use
  11. Thank you as always AnthonyB - much appreciated.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 🙂 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?
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