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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:35 pm 
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Hi,

Not sure if this is the right section to post this question...

Customer is renting their flat and estate agent wants me to fit a chain across the fire exit stairs that lead to the roof...it's the designated fire exit for the flat and is signposted as such and the tenants have been told not to use it recreationally etc but estate agent is adament there should be a chain and that landlords are 'legally vulnerable' if it's not put on.

My concern is that putting a chain across restricts the use as a fire exit and slows down any escape as it esentially blocks the route...any advice on what the rules are regarding this or where I could find them would be great.

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I'd be very surprised if a chain across a fire escape was allowed by fire regs.

Contact your local Fire Safety Officer for confirmation.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_safety_officer

http://www.cfoa.org.uk/frs?postcode=

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Is it leading to a door? then you can use one of these or something similar,

https://www.safelincs.co.uk/kingpin-panic-bolt/?fGB=true&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzYGtq_m61gIV4ZPtCh24jQ8REAQYBSABEgJhpvD_BwE


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Thanks for advice.

Spoke to the Fire Brigade and they've said no chain on designated fire escape stairs.
As there's no door top or bottom of stairs then looks like they'll have to trust tenants to not use it for sunbathing on the roof :lol:


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You may not fit a lock, chain or other permanent restricting device on a fire door - if you do so and anyone is subsequently injured or dies, you may well find yourself in the dock in a criminal court. The same applies to any person instructing you to install such a device. I would have thought that after Summerland (back in 1973) that estate agents would have more intelligence than to request it. The solution often adopted on commercial premises is to install a padlocked break-glass panic bolt. These can be secured with a cheap padlock and the glass tubes are generally under a fiver if they are broken, either by accident or on purpoise

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