When building a new room for your home such as a loft conversion, there are many aspects of the design to consider, including the room’s function and how it will look. However, with any building work carried out to your home, it shouldn’t compromise the safety of your loved ones. Fire safety is one of the most important things to consider when designing your loft conversion, and there are certain criteria you must follow. Here are some of the main points to cover.
Why Is Fire Safety Important in Loft Conversions?
Most homeowners take precautions when it comes to fire safety in their homes, whether that be maintaining smoke alarms to shutting internal doors at night. However, while safety is essential throughout a property, there are several reasons why a loft conversion must meet stricter criteria. One is that there’s usually only one access point to the room such as a staircase. If this exit became blocked due to fire, it would be harder to escape the property without putting yourself in danger. Another risk of loft conversions is that they’re several floors up from the ground. Unlike a house extension which on the ground floor, if a fire were to occur in your home, you would have several flights of stairs to travel down before getting to safety. Therefore, it’s important to have robust early warning systems and the right precautions in place when converting a loft.
Most loft conversions won’t need full planning permission, but all have to adhere to UK building regulations. The entire escape route from the new loft to the ground must be considered which means reviewing additional fire protection required throughout the home, not just in the converted part of the property. This includes the installation of fire-resistant doors, and partitions may need to be considered to protect the stairway. These protective features are necessary because it’s too dangerous to attempt an escape via windows which are situated at more than one storey high. Early warning systems can be provided through the use of interlinked, mains-operated smoke alarms which turn on every alarm in the house if triggered. This means if a fire were to start on the ground level, smoke alarms on every floor would sound before the fire spread through the rest of the property.
Expert Fire Safety Planning
Along with designing a space which is ideal for your needs, using a loft conversion specialist is the best way to ensure you meet all the fire safety standards required, protecting your home and family. Here at Tiger Building Services, we offer homeowners comprehensive expertise, covering everything from expert design advice to installing lofts which meet all fire safety standards. We always assess precisely what’s required for your specific needs, and this includes additional features such as sprinklers, partitions and fire safety doors. We cover a wide range of areas across Surrey, London and Sussex, including Epsom, Wimbledon,and Surbiton. Get in touch now to chat to our friendly team about our loft conversions services.