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Guest Richard

Dear Sir/Madam

I have just bought a 1st floor apartment. The 2 windows which are suitable for fire escapes are the lounge window (on to a tiled porch roof) and a bedroom window with uniterupted access ( the smaller one of the 2). All the windows were replaced in 2004.

Measurements (cm)

Lounge 210x120 with opening 114x50 (approx 45degrees horizontal hinge)

Bedroom 174x120 with opening 76x50 (approx 45degrees horizontal hinge)

I realise when you replace the windows now they have to meet modern fire regs. We are going to rent it out but not sure whether I need to replace any or one or both! the windows at the back are on to a large conservatory and are similar and there is no direct access from the road. I do have picture I could send to help with my enquiry.

many thanks


Richard

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Guest JaneSon

My son is in a halls of residence that was built in the 60's and has double glazing. The windows slide open a little way but there is a screwed in unit that prevents the window opening further, so not even a small person can get out of the window. I am sure this is to prevent anyone getting into the room, however, in the event of a fire is there any way to get out of such a window or are you trapped in your room?

Jane

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Escape windows only apply if the is no alternative means of escape and only apply to the first/ground floors. So it all depends where in the premise your son is located and is there an alternative means of escape.

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Guest Bev

I live in a rented property and the upstairs windows have no openings for a person to get through if there was a fire, please can you tell where I stand with this. The property is more than 30 yrs. old

 

 

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Depends on the height of the building (less than 4.5m) if escape windows are a possible solution for means of escape but thirty years ago it is unlikely to be considered, but if new windows are installed then escape window could be required, but now it is up to your landlord, nobody can force him/her but you could ask.

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Guest mathr

My Ex wife is creating a third room in her home, however, it will have no window due to the room being in the centre of the house. But it will have a window in the roof, with a shaft coming down to ceiling level. But there is no access to that window (no ladder) however it can be opened with a long pole. My issue is that there is no means of escape other than its doorway. Plus the room is below the 70feet square it needs to be to be habitable.... due to these factors am I correct in saying that the room cannot be used as a bedroom?

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You do not require an escape window if you have a protected escape route (protected staircase enclosure) to outside the premises. As for the size I cannot help you there check with planning or building control.

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