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Last edited 07 Nov 2019
Protected escape route
Where a final exit is: 'The end of an escape route from a building that gives direct access to a street, passageway, walkway or open space, and is sited to ensure that people rapidly disperse away from the building so that they are no longer in danger from fire and/or smoke. NOTE: Windows are not acceptable as final exits.'
Escape routes can be protected or unprotected, where an unprotected escape route is the unprotected part of an escape route which a person has to traverse before reaching either the safety of a final exit or the comparative safety of a protected escape route, i.e. a protected corridor or protected stairway.
A protected stairways is, ‘A stair that leads to a final exit to a place of safety and that is adequately enclosed with fire resisting construction. Included in the definition is any exit passageway between the foot of the stair and the final exit.'
- A protected entrance hall/landing is, ‘A corridor or lobby that is adequately protected from fire in adjoining areas by fire resisting construction.'
- A protected shaft is, ‘A shaft that enables people, air or objects to pass from one compartment to another, and which is enclosed with fire resisting construction.'
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- Fire door.
- Fire Door Inspection Scheme.
- Fire protection engineering.
- Fire resistance.
- Fire-separating element.
- Fire separation.
- Firefighting lift.
- Firefighting route.
- Firefighting shaft.
- Inner room.
- Installing fire doors and doorsets (GG 86).
- Protected stairway.
- Separating floor.
- Storey exit.
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
- Unprotected escape route.
- Visual alarm devices - their effectiveness in warning of fire.
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