Last week's blog introduced the subject of fire resisting doors in blocks of flats and looked at the current benchmark standards for a fire resistant door. This week, we continue on this subject and consider fire resistant doors which adhered to previous standards and the necessity for appropriate action in those cases.
Our series of blogs on fire safety in blocks of flats has looked quite often at how, in many cases, fire safe construction which adhered to legislative standards at the time of building remain acceptable, even though current fire safety guidance has changed. In one area, however, previous guidance is so far removed from current standards that it must be addressed.
Fire Safety in Blocks of Flats - Blocks of flats not meeting current design benchmarks for means of escape Pt 12
Many of the blogs we have produced so far on the subject of 'Fire Safety in Blocks of Flats' have concentrated on current guidelines and how they should be met. However, it is the case that in many older blocks of flats, they do not meet the terms of current fire safety guidance. Read more about what to do if your block falls into this category.
Fire Safety in Blocks of Flats Means of Escape - External Stairways and Escape over rooftops Pt 11
This series of blogs has been looking at means of escape in blocks of flats and the current regulations. This week's blog concentrates on those blocks which may have external stairways or access to the rooftop of the block.
Current benchmark design states that each flat should be separated from the common stairway by a protected lobby or corridor. This means that the construction of that lobby or corridor is such that it can withstand fire for a pre-determined length of time, has fire-resistant doors to keep fire out and has some form of ventilation to ensure it does not fill with smoke. In addition, the travel distance from each flat front door to the nearest stairway or protected lobby should be no more than 30m.