Following the awful disaster at Grenfell, we would do well to take a look at our properties for signs of fire safety breaches that have occurred during the building’s life. Blue Box Partners @savasurveying (twit) @sarvaschoolofsurveying (fb) have released an excellent Technical Bulletin that covers the issues in more depth, but here are a few considerations from their text:
- Are the walls, ceilings and floors between your flat and neighbours or common parts sealed? Look in storage cupboards and areas where electric cables and pipes enter your property.
- Remember, normal expanding foam is not suitable of fire stopping and the pink foam unsuitable over a 20mm gap.
- Are your mechanical ventilation and boiler flues runs ducted straight to the outside?
- Do you have a hard wired fire alarm and have you tested it?
- Is your front door a 60 minute fire rated door (FD60)? Fire doors are heavier than hollow flush doors and according to Fire Safety Advice Centre @safelincs older panel doors, especially if less than 44mm thick are unlikely to be fire doors. Gaps around the door shouldn’t be greater than 2mm to 4mm.
- Check on your building’s Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Plan.