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Fire door or not? Maisonette

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We live in a first floor maisonette with its own front door and without any areas common to the ground floor flat. It is the first floor of a two-storeyed semi-detached house built in 1925 in suburban London. There are substantial sized windows in the flat which would at least permit exit if there were a fire and the stairs were out of action. We have a simple wood and glass door to the kitchen, not fire rated. We are about to do works which will involve some demolition and creating a new entrance to the kitchen and need to know if we are required to provide a fire-door as part of the finished works. We would like not to have to do so if not required. We are getting differing advice from the local Building Control department whenever we call. How therefore can I find out definitively what the position is? Any help
would be appreciated.

Thanks. Paul

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It all depends on the layout of your flat for instance would you have to pass the door of the kitchen to get to the front
door to exit the premises. Without details plans and/or a physical survey it is impossible to give a definitive answer but I am afraid it is the building control officer who will decide if you need a fire door or not. I would suggest you study the document below and put yourself in a position so you can have meaningful discussion with Building Control Department.

Approved Document B - Fire Safety: Volume 1 - Dwellinghouses
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  • 5 years later...
On 13/10/2018 at 16:20, Guest Jamie said:

Thanks for the information but some of them have buzzers what is that for 

thanks a lot 


You are in the incorrect section your question doesn't relate to previous questions.

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