Fire doors in hallway

29 Jul 2015
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United Kingdom

I know the regs state that fire doors are required on any door off the stairwell in a 3+ storey house. But does this include doors off the ground floor hallway even if they are a considerable distance (5+ meters) from the stairwell?

Does it also apply to an understairs cupboard? Or is it only habitable rooms?

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You do not necessarily need fire doors on all openings into the hall - some inspectors will allow the existing (non-fire doors) to remain if all habitable rooms + kitchen + hall and landings have interlinked alarms.
It's down to risk, but some LABC inspectors slavishly follow the Approved Doc. B (which by the way is not the regs) without considering alternatives.
The concept is one of a protected escape route, not just a stairwell.

It's all doors to all habitable rooms, kitchens and garages that are off the protected escape route - ie all high risk areas. In some properties there may be a cupboard where there may be a risk of fire due to what is or is likley to be stored in it, in which case that will be included.

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