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  1. I've been asked to carry out an FRA for a single tenant in a warehouse that's been converted to provide managed office spaces for quite a few tenants. Essentially, the first floor has been fitted out with partition walls and a suspended ceiling to 'void' the height of the original warehouse. There are two means of escape (23m and 32m) and an L1 fire alarm system (as far as I can determine), but I'm convinced compartmentation between different occupancies should be 60 minute walls and 30 minute doors. The building was built before the war, extended in the 50s and converted to this in the 70s. Any comments? Thanks
  2. Thanks, guys. I'm impressed with your recall about where to even look, too! The Station Nightclub footage was one of my go to videos when teaching new fire safety inspectors about the subject. It certainly helps focus the mind. Thanks again, Peter
  3. In a local school hall there is a gallery overlooking the hall with a single, timber, dog-legged staircase leading into a lobby, protected from the hall and a tea point by FD30S doors and with an exit from the lobby. The building is 140 years old with only a manual fire alarm system (I'm dealing with that). The gallery has seating for 60 to 80 people, but the stair width is 630mm at its narrowest point (at the top) but doesn't get any bigger than 670mm, so I need to limit the number of people who can use it - but I can only find required standards occupancy calculations, not calculations for an existing stair width. Where should I look, please? My gut feeling is there shouldn't be more than about 20 people up there (and it's too high to drop over the side!) Thanks
  4. Thanks, Tom. There is a live-in carer in all these scenarios, but I'm still not sure about this. My understanding from quite a few years ago (It may be brain fade, but I'm happy to be corrected) is that a carer is part of the household, like a butler or a housekeeper. In essence, the owner rents the building to a tenant, and the tenant's care is provided by the local healthcare provider, all be it on a 24/7 basis. As I see it, the carer's employer is responsible for their employee, but the fire safety responsibilities lay with the tenant, not the landlord? I suppose another side of this is if the landlord has the right to carry out an FRA in a domestic dwelling! So, back to the books for me...
  5. I've carried out a number of fire risk assessments on three buildings which are, I believe, single domestic dwellings. None of the premises are on a Register of HMOs. One bungalow has a single occupant with a 22/7 (there's a day-time 2-hour 'break' in care) carer. The house is owned by a housing association and on long-term rent to the tenant, with care provided by a third party. The second bungalow is similar, but with three residents and a 24/7 carer, each with their own bedrooms but the rest of the house is shared. The third is a two-storey house with 2 residents and a 24/7 carer, each with their own bedrooms but the rest of the house is shared. I think the bungalow with three residents may come under the RRO, but surely the other two are domestic dwellings and do not? All the houses are fitted with full L2 fire alarm systems (including MCPs) and emergency lighting, therefore requiring testing and maintenance, and the member of staff carry out 6-monthly fire drills. Any thoughts? Thanks.
  6. Thanks, AnthonyB - It's easy when you look at it like that 🙂
  7. I've been asked to carry out a risk assessment for a block of flats, and I'm trying to find the best way to describe the building. Essentially, it has two four storey buildings with a common stairwell, but there is a flat on each half landing, with a total of eight flats. Is this, therefore, an eight-storey building which is only four storeys high? Thanks 🙂 (Sorry if it's posted in the wrong forum, I couldn't see one for 'Odd Building Designs'
  8. Very comprehensive, thank you. Could this detector be used in a Part 6 system, or would that be considered 'overkill'? Thanks again.
  9. Sorry for the poor photo, and it's definitely a heat detector, but I'm trying to determine if this there are any differences between Pt1 and Pt6 detectors and, if so, where this one fits? Also, the manufacturer would be helpful because, although I've seen loads of them in situ, I can't find photos of them online. Thank you 🙂
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