What fire safety precautions should I take for my hip to gable conversion?
A loft conversion is considered a third storey for your Brighton home. You have to install a wide fire-escape window and fire doors that can withstand heat for 30 minutes. They are called FD30 fire-rated doors and they ensure that your stairs, landing and hallway will withstand 30 minutes of heat when a fire breaks out in any room. One will be installed at the top of the new stairs and doors in all the rooms of the house.
Smoke alarms are required for every level of the house, including the loft. They must have a backup battery and wired to the mains in case of a power failure. It should be hardwired to the main control and include a backup battery for power supply.
There must be a protected area from your loft to the ground floor to ensure the occupants evacuated safely. The fire route has to be protected to withstand 30 minutes of fire. The loft conversion should be complete with a functioning window with non-locking fasteners to ensure a swift exit.