Keeping your family safe from fire hazards is of course an important consideration for any homeowner. Even as a property developer, it is essential to know that the fire risks are minimized. This is true for all parts of your home, including a loft conversion. But what are the fire regulations? And is it true that you need to change your doors? Here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions, we are Preston’s favourite loft conversion experts, and we know all there is to know about fire safety regulations. As a result, we have produced this handy guide, to loft conversion doors and fire safety.
Fire safety regulations really do save lives. When it comes to your new loft conversion, meeting these regulations is essential, if your loft is to become a bedroom.
These regulations include guidance and legal requirements regarding smoke alarms, escape paths, loft stairs and escape windows. You can read more about these here.
There are also stipulations regarding doors.
Doors and Fire Safety
Prior to 2007, homeowners were not required to change the internal doors in their home when converting their loft. However, since then, it has become a legal requirement.
The fire regulations now state that all the internal doors facing the loft escape route need to be fire resistant. The standard is that the doors will have 20 minutes of fire resistance.
It is a requirement that these doors must be fitted, even in loft conversions without an escape window.
In addition, these fire proof doors should be fitted with self closers. This is only a recommendation, but it could be worth more than money in the event of a fire. Obviously, a fire door is only helpful if it is closed.
These doors can add to the cost of your loft conversion. However, they could save your life, or the life of your family.
Loft conversion doors and fire safety can keep save lives. For all your loft conversion questions or queries, or to arrange your own loft conversion, contact us at Pinnacle Loft Conversions in Preston today.