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Staff accommodation above pub/restaurant with primary escape route via an external staircase.  However, the FRA gives an alternative route using an unprotected staircase into a commercial kitchen to use the fire exit there.  

Is an alternative escape route via a commercial kitchen acceptable? In my opinion the fact that it is not a protected route and utilises a risk room it is not.  Also an alternative route is not required due to small numbers present.

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Internal exits via high risk rooms are usually a no-no and come under heavy scrutiny by inspecting officers when targeting commercial premises with sleeping accommodation. The whole reason for the external escape is likely to be due to the unsuitable internal route.

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