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What are the regulations for fire doors in flats?

What are the regulations for fire doors in flats?

All building regulations in regard to fire safety must be adhered to – these include having all internal hallways within the individual flat, being 30 minutes fire resistant, with fire doors, fitted with smoke seals and intumescent strips, installed in each room.

What’s the minimum fire resistance for a fire door?

The minimum requirement is for an FD30 door to be fitted, providing 30 minutes fire resistance. It is important that the self-closing mechanism is never removed or disabled for any reason. Tenants should also be made aware of the dangers of wedging open fire doors – this should not be done in any circumstances!

Can a fire break out outside a flat?

Each individual flat should act as its own ‘fire box’ – any fire that breaks out within the flat should never spread beyond, or outside, of it. Any gaps, such as pipes passing through perimeter walls, need to be ‘fire stopped’ to maintain the compartmentalisation integrity.

Do you have to have a fire alarm in your flat?

Each flat should have a working fire alarm – it may only need to be a ‘stand-alone’ alarm, audible within the circulation area of the flat itself – it doesn’t have to be interlinked with any other alarm system.

What happens if you have an apartment fire?

If you own an apartment complex, the last thing you want is to get a call in the middle of the night notifying you about a fire on your property. Apartment fires can be deadly, and can swiftly destroy your property. Because of this, it’s important that you understand your responsibilities when it comes to fires at your apartment complex.

Can a landlord hold a tenant responsible for a fire?

A tenant can use “constructive eviction” as a defense in court if the landlord tries to hold them responsible under the lease for the damaged unit. Generally, if a fire makes a unit unlivable, then a tenant will need to find someplace new, which can be scary if there’s the threat of an old lease hanging over their head.

Do you have to carry insurance if your apartment catches on fire?

It depends on what the lease says and how much damage the fire has caused. Most landlords are requiring tenants to carry renters insurance. The landlord is named as an additional insured which allows both to recover damages caused by a fire. Even if the landlord doesn’t require the insurance, it’s wise to get it.

Where to stay in the aftermath of a house fire?

Here are some ideas. Where Do I Sleep Tonight? The Red Cross is a great resource for folks affected by home fires. Many times, they will help with a night or so at a motel. Your landlord may pay for a place to stay for a couple nights, if they know what has happened.

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