There are around 37,000 house fires every year in the UK and the results can be devastating. As such, you need to know effective fire safety measures are in place to protect you and your family in the event a fire occurs at your home. As loft conversion specialists, Econoloft builds loft conversions that meet all current regulations, including fire safety regulations as laid out in Approved Document Part B. Incorporating features such as smoke alarms and escape routes, we ensure your loft extension in Purley or anywhere else in the UK meets the highest standards of fire safety for your peace of mind.
On this page, we outline the main aspects of fire regulations for attic conversions, giving you the information you need, including how Econoloft complies with regulations. If you require more information about our services or wish to discuss your own project with our friendly team, please get in touch.
You must have at least one smoke alarm on every storey of your house and this includes loft conversions. Smoke alarms act as the first line of defence and greatly improve the chances of surviving a fire. The alarms should be interlinked and mains operated, and you should test them periodically to make sure they are working. When constructing loft extensions in Purley and the UK, we incorporate smoke detectors into plans, ensuring suitable placement.
Attic conversions must have a protected escape route that leads to an external door on the ground floor. This includes protected stairways and corridors that offer at least 30 minutes of fire resistance. In addition, all habitable rooms along the escape route should have FD20-rated fire doors, which may mean replacing existing doors in your home.
Furthermore, our loft conversion specialists make sure every conversion includes a window through which a person can escape if it is not possible to escape via the stairway.
Ceilings in rooms below loft conversions must achieve 30 minutes fire resistance, which may require upgrading the fireproofing of existing ceilings in your Purley home. At Econoloft, we assess the resistance of your ceilings and advise on suitable upgrades where necessary to meet fire regulations.
Planning and Inspections
Proper planning during the early stages of attic conversions ensures they are safe and compliant. This also avoids expensive and disruptive remedial work to bring conversions up to standard. As loft conversion specialists with many years’ industry experience, the Econoloft team offers reliable planning and construction services, giving our customers in Purley and across the UK complete peace of mind.
We advise on fire regulations along with all other building regulations, making sure your loft extension has all relevant features and protections in place. We also arrange necessary building control inspections and ensure your conversion passes each inspection.