Despite the dreadful tragedy at Grenfell Tower, there has actually been a decrease in fires in dwellings over the past 20 years. However, it’s still crucial to consider all aspects of fire safety when renovating your home.
This diagram taken from the Home Office Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, year ending June 2018, shows the decrease.
Key points to consider when renovating your home
- The use of the property – are you planning on living there or will you rent it out? There are different grades for each scenario, so you need to be aware of the rules applying to your home. Read our previous blog on Fire Protection considerations when renovating here.
- Exits – does the property have sufficient means of escape through windows and doors? This is particularly important if you are thinking of doing a LGF extension or a loft extension.
This is an extract taken from The Building regulations 2010 Fire Safety Approved Document B and outlines the criteria for escape windows and external doors:
- How many floors does the property have and will you be increasing this with your renovation? This will determine the extent of safety measures needed.
These drawings are taken from The Building regulations 2010 Fire Safety Approved Document B and outlines the criteria for escape windows and external doors.
- Protection from fires, whether or not there are adequate means of escape. Sprinklers are a very common means of protection but there are also other solutions, such as a misting system. Here at APM we have installed these across a number of projects – this has allowed, for example, open plan designs while still ensuring fire safety. Misting system are designed to target the fire specifically, and release much lower volumes of water, and so, in theory, should cause less damage.
- Are you considering creating a room within a room? These are particular useful to break up large rooms in you property, but they must be properly protected/have a fire detector.
We can advise further on fire safety issues to consider, and put you in touch with one of our specialists for more detailed advice.
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