Fire Escape Windows
Choosing the right windows for your home is not just about getting the design and style right. On 1stApril 2007 the Building Regulations 2006 Part B: Fire Safety came into effect to replace the 2000 edition. The guidance has been applicable to all initial notices submitted to the appropriate Local Authority since 1st April 2007. Some of the main points governing means of escape laid out by the Approved Document Part B are detailed below:
To meet current Building Regulations, for dwelling houses with one upper floor & served by only one stair not more than 4.5m above ground level, at least one window per first floor habitable room must be large enough to allow a means of escape, should the usual routes become blocked. Dwelling houses with one or more upper floors above 4.5m have different requirements. You should refer to the current version of Approved Document B to ensure your design is compliant.
To comply with regulations fire escape windows must provide an unobstructed opening of at least 0.33m². with a minimum dimension of 450mm in height or width. The lowest part of the window should also be 800-1100mm from the floor. direction.
Escape window regulations may vary between different UK regions – Check before specifying.
A large range of our windows, especially the Tilt & Turn design, are available to comply with fire escape standards, meaning you can ensure safety as well as beauty.