Patio Door (Fire door?)

JustinTime19 Posts: 67
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I need to replace my patio door which is locked from inside but provides access to the communal gardens which is public accessible.
My front door is a fire door, do I need to have this replaced to a fire door (I am ground floor ?)



  • BJV
    BJV Posts: 2,535
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    It will depend if the entrance to your flat is classed as a protected fire route. ( I am sure it was there for a reason ) 
    How many floors are there? Is there someone who looks after the rest of the building?
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  • twopenny
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    Fire doors are to stop fire getting in or out so usually internal to make a space secure.
    Once you're outside that's not a problem and fire is unlikely to start outside.
    They may need to be safety glass but your installer should know.

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  • Alderbank
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    By 'patio door' you mean each door is one large glass panel in a sliding frame?

    Your patio door is a final exit to a place of relative safety so would never need to be a fire door and in fact you won't find a fire door made like that.

    As stated above, a fire door is to prevent the spread of fire and smoke from a burning flat into a protected escape route. In practice, spread of smoke is at least as important as spread of flame. Smoke prevents escape because it is choking and reduces visibility.

    On a related point, where are your wheelie bins located?
    It can be tempting to have them right outside the back door. However the advice for bins in a communal courtyard accessible to public is to have them secured (eg in a bin store) at least 2 metres away from the property. Wheelie bins burn fiercely producing toxic fumes. Naughty boys have been known to push bins up to house back doors and set them alight, and occupants have died either because they couldn't escape through the door or they were overcome by fumes entering through windows.
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