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Schedule of works (for semi-detached and terraced - HOUSING ACT

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Schedule of works (for semi-detached and terraced - HOUSING ACT

     Schedule of works required for Fire Protection in a 2 Storey

    semi-detached/terraced house

    THIS DOES NOT COVER 3 STOREY PROPERTIES you must consult with the Private

    Sector Housing Team on any 3 storey property.

    To provide Adequate Means of Escape in case of Fire

    1.0 Fire Doors

    1.1 Provide and fix a half hour fire resisting door (FD30S) to any room (other than

    a bathroom or WC) which opens onto the ground floor hallway or first floor

    landing, conforming to BS 476, parts 22,23 and 31.1 installation to BS

    8214:1990. This will normally include the ground floor kitchen, ground floor

    lounge/dining room & the first floor bedrooms. These should be hung on three

    hinges which comply with BS EN1935 to leave gaps not greater than 4mm to

    the head and stiles and not more than 8mm at the bottom.

     If a production size fire door will not provide a minimum overall gap of 4mm

    and 8mm respectively then either:-

     a) A single strip of hardwood lipping may be glued and pinned to the door

    edges.

     b) A BS 476 fire door blank may be cut to size and the vertical edges

    finished with hardwood lipping as above.

1.2 Insert a combined intumescent strip/smoke seal to routed edges of the

    stiles and top rail of the door. Alternatively the strip can be fitted to the jambs

    and head of the frame or lining.

    1.3 Door stops do not need to be changed providing they are sufficient to retain

    the door. If new planted stops are fitted they must be fixed by 38mm

    No.10 SG screws at 230mm centres.

1.4 Provide and fix the following ironmongery.

    1. Self closing device of an approved type (Perko, Briton, Dorma or similar.

    Garden gate type springs and rising butt hinges are not acceptable).

    2. Latch - Mortice latch, tubular mortice latch, mortice sash lock, all complete

    with suitable knob or lever furniture; or cylinder rim nightlatch. We would

    recommend the fitting of a combined lock and latch unit. This is

    lockable from the outside with the use of a key, and on the room side

    by means of a thumb turn.

    NOTE: Locks do not have to be provided on internal doors however if

    they are fitted they must meet the above specification

    1.5 Exit doors which are required to be fastened during occupation of the

    premises must be made to open easily and immediately from the inside,

    without the use of a key.

    2.0 Fire Safety Signs

2.1 Provide and fix to all fire doors, a sign stating "FIRE DOOR KEEP SHUT" in

    minimum lettering of 5mm.

    2.2 Provide and fix to any understairs cupboard door, or cupboard door situated

    off the ground floor hallway or first floor landing, a sign stating "FIRE DOOR

    KEEP LOCKED SHUT" in minimum lettering of 5mm.

    2.3 All fire safety signs should comply with BS 5499:Part 1:1990.

    2.4 Fire Safety Check list notices (as enclosed) should be provided and sited on

    the inner faces of all fire doors.

    3.0 Glazing above a Fire Door

    3.1 Replace any glazing above a Fire Door with fire resistant glazing (such as

    Pyroshield or Georgian Wired) in a fixed frame, each pane of which must 2not exceed 1.2m in area. The Glass in its framework must satisfy BS

    476:Parts 20-23. If no glazing is present above any fire door then this

    item can be disregarded.

     All glazing in a fire resisting wall, partition, screen or door is to be installed

    in accordance with BS Published Document PD6512: Part 3: 1987, to

    provide a fire resistance of not less than 30 minutes.

    4.0 Walls

    4.1 All walls or partitions within the property must achieve at least half hour fire

    resistance and for that purpose be totally imperforate. Where the

    construction already achieves this standard then this item can be

    disregarded.

     Existing brick/block walls will normally achieve half hour fire

    resistance.

    4.2 If you are constructing any partitions within the property then timber studding

    not less than 75mm x 50mm at not more than 600mm centres faced on both

    sides with 12.5mm plasterboard or other approved material must be used to

    achieve half hour fire resistance. Joints must be taped and the whole surface

    skimmed.

    5.0 Ceilings

    5.1 Remove any polystyrene tiles from ceilings to the common hallway or

    landing. Make good the underlying surface with a plaster finish skim coat if

    necessary.

     If no polystyrene tiles are present this item can be disregarded.

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    6.0 Loft Hatch

    6.1 Line the loft hatch on the upper face with 12.5mm plasterboard or other

    approved material ensuring the hatch is a good fit within the surrounding

    frame.

    7.0 Cupboards within the Hallway or Landing Area

     Understairs Cupboards where the underside of the timber staircase is visible and unprotected.

    7.1 Provide and fix to the soffit and inner face of the spandrel of the staircase,

    including the inner face of the door, 12.5mm thick plasterboard or other

    approved material, finished with a 6mm thick coat of finishing plaster, to

    achieve an imperforate, half-hour fire resistance. The cupboard should be

    kept locked shut upon completion.

Airing Cupboards/Storage cupboards opening onto the Hallway or

    Landing Area

    7.2 Remove all materials from the cupboard. Protect the cupboard by lining the

    inside, including the door, with 12.5mm plasterboard or other approved

    material and keep locked shut.

    or

     If the cupboard is to be used by the occupying tenants then protect the

    cupboard by lining the inside with 12.5mm plasterboard or other approved

    material and fit a fire door as per Item 1.0.

    8.0 Gas/Electric Meter situated within the Hallway

    8.1 Provide and fix a suitable fire resisting enclosure to the gas/electric meter if

    situated in the entrance hall. This should consist of 12.5mm plasterboard or

    other approved material on a timber framework with a top hung door (if a

    side hung door is fitted it must be provided with a self closing device).

    If the meters are not situated within the entrance hallway this item can be disregarded.

    9.0 Fire Warning System Two Storey House

    9.1 Supply and install an electrically operated fire alarm system consisting of

    Mains Wired Domestic Type smoke alarms which comply with BS 5446:Part

    1:2000. Smoke alarms should be of the Optical beam type.

    9.2 The smoke alarms must be installed within the ground floor hallway & first

    floor landing and interconnected so that the detection of smoke by any one

    unit operates the alarm signal in all units.

    9.3 If no standby power supply (in-built battery) is provided within the unit the

    alarms must be permanently wired to a separately fused circuit at the

    consumer unit.

    9.4 If a standby power supply is provided within the unit then the alarms can be

    connected into the local lighting circuit.

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    Recommendation Only

     Supply and install a Mains wired Domestic type fixed rate heat detector within the

    kitchen which complies with BS 5446:Part2:2003. This should be inter-linked to the

    other Mains wired smoke alarms.

     (Note that BS 5839:Part 1 recommends that occupiers should receive the

    manufacturers instructions concerning the operation and maintenance of the

    alarm system)

10.0 N.I.C.E.I C.

    10.1 All electrical work must be carried out in accordance to 16th Edition of the

    I.E.E. Regulations and must be installed by a member of N.I.C.E.I.C.

     Upon completion of the work a Completion and Inspection certificate must

    be submitted.

11.0 Fire Protection Equipment

    11.1 Provide a 9 litre water or 3 litre water with additives (Hydrospray) type fire

    extinguisher within the ground floor hallway & first floor landing.

     11.2 Provide a 2kg Carbon Dioxide or Dry Powder type fire extinguisher within

    the kitchen.

    11.3 Provide a fire blanket within the kitchen.

    11.4 All fire extinguishers should be mounted on wall brackets at a convenient

    height, bearing in mind the physical capabilities of the occupants.

    11.5 Portable fire extinguishers should conform to BS EN 3:1996 and must be

    installed and maintained as outlined in BS 5306. Schemes for conforming to

    these standards are produced by B.A.F.E. (British Approvals for Fire

    Equipment)

12.0 Fire Precautions

    12.1 All fire precautions required shall be maintained at all times.

13.0 Occupants

    13.1 The occupiers should be made fully aware of the fire precautions within the

    building.

14.0 Building Regulations

    14.1 All works must be carried out in accordance with the current Building

    Regulations.

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    HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION

    FIRE SAFETY CHECK LIST

1. In the event of fire:

    ; Raise the alarm

    ; Call the fire brigade immediately

    ; Make sure that everyone has left the building safely

    ; Tackle the fire with the equipment provided ONLY if it is safe to do

    so, i.e. if it will not put you or others at risk

    ; Contain the fire by closing the door of the room involved

    ; Evacuate to the agreed assembly point

    ; Meet the fire brigade on arrival and give them as much Information

    as possible

    ; Don’t let anyone go back inside until told it is safe to do so by the

    fire brigade

    2. Keep staircases and escape routes clear and accessible at all times. Exit doors must

    open easily

    3. Store combustible materials outside the building. Empty waste bins and clear rubbish

    daily

    4. Do not use portable heaters. Ensure that guards are securely fitted to installed heating

    equipment where required

    5. Use electrical equipment safely, e.g. electric blankets, irons etc, and always follow the

    manufacturers instructions. Switch off and unplug after use

6. Check your premises last thing at night and close all doors

    7. Check regularly that fire equipment and smoke alarms are in working order

    8. Never wedge, tie or jam open fire doors. When not in use they should be allowed to

    close securely into their frame, forming a barrier to fire and smoke

    9. Never tamper with items installed to protect your health and safety

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