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    Terrace House Fire Regs...

    Hi all,
    I recently had someone from the council do an inspection on one of my properties. Its a '2 up 2 down' terrace.

    We have smoke alarms in the kitchen and on the 1st floor landing.

    I'm now being told that there must be an escape window to the first floor. Both bedrooms have windows that can be opened but they are at the top of the window, not the bottom.

    I've looked online and can't see anything about a fire escape being needed to the first floor, though I know my local council have a tendency to stiffen regulation as they please.

    Any help would be great.

    #2
    It's not that there has to be a "fire escape", it's the windows that could be safer, so they "should be".
    I'd think about the cost of replacing the windows against the issues the council could cause you if you decide you'd rather not.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      If the windows have been replaced at all recently just show them the building control certificate. This is one of the things that CERTASS and FENSA check for, and should be checked by the council, if you don't use a competent persons scheme fitter.

      The alternative might be fire proofing the stairwell.

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        #4
        An alternative might be a specialist fire hammer on a long chain so that it cant be removed. I have this in one of mine and give specific written and verbal instructions on how and when to use it.

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