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Fire Safety Window

  • 19-05-2021 5:19pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭ BalboBiggins


    Hi Guys,

    I've had planning approved and one of the stipulations is as follows:

    "The flat roof of the ground floor rear extension shall be accessed for fire escape and maintenance purposes only."

    Does this mean that the window at the back of the house has to be tilt and turn?

    We are getting flush casement windows at the front of the house but we're assuming that we can't get these at the back due to the above condition. Thanks.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,107 ✭✭✭ greasepalm


    Unsure about that but 10+ years ago on the stairs we had a twin window fixed and open and wanted 1 wide opening window which is about 3feet wide to allow to get onto garage roof. Just a thought.

    https://www.horizonwindows.ie/guide-to-fire-regulations-for-windows/#:~:text=The%20window%20should%20have%20an,this%20minimum%20clear%20open%20area.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,928 ✭✭✭✭ Calahonda52


    Hi Guys,

    I've had planning approved and one of the stipulations is as follows:

    "The flat roof of the ground floor rear extension shall be accessed for fire escape and maintenance purposes only."

    Does this mean that the window at the back of the house has to be tilt and turn?

    We are getting flush casement windows at the front of the house but we're assuming that we can't get these at the back due to the above condition. Thanks.
    They don't want it used as a balcony, with sunscreen and bikinis etc:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭ BalboBiggins


    They don't want it used as a balcony, with sunscreen and bikinis etc:D

    So with a flush window which barely opens, will that be ok?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,107 ✭✭✭ greasepalm


    Window that hardly opens up cant be called a fire exit.

    Too many babes with bikinis on a roof and thinking of another collapse on the cards.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 31,301 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo


    Hi Guys,

    I've had planning approved and one of the stipulations is as follows:

    "The flat roof of the ground floor rear extension shall be accessed for fire escape and maintenance purposes only."

    Does this mean that the window at the back of the house has to be tilt and turn?

    We are getting flush casement windows at the front of the house but we're assuming that we can't get these at the back due to the above condition. Thanks.

    No, it means you can’t use the flat roof to sun bathe, or to have a party.
    Basically no access other than maintenance.


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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 31,301 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo


    So with a flush window which barely opens, will that be ok?

    The window still needs to comply with the means of escape/rescue requirements if it’s a bedroom.


  • Registered Users Posts: 131 ✭✭ BalboBiggins


    Thanks lads.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,107 ✭✭✭ greasepalm


    Gumbo wrote: »
    The window still needs to comply with the means of escape/rescue requirements if it’s a bedroom.

    Getting out of a window if your a big person can be an issue if its in a window in a bedroom:eek::eek:


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 31,301 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Gumbo


    greasepalm wrote: »
    Getting out of a window if your a big person can be an issue if its in a window in a bedroom:eek::eek:

    0.33 Sq. M
    Min. 450mm wide.

    We can’t legislate for every body shape and fitness level unfortunately.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,071 ✭✭✭ PMBC


    AFAIK those minimum dimensions are based on firefighter entry with B.A. on his/her back.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,346 ✭✭✭✭ Penn


    greasepalm wrote: »
    Getting out of a window if your a big person can be an issue if its in a window in a bedroom:eek::eek:

    The size isn't just based on people getting out, but a firefighter potentially with an oxygen tank on his back getting in. (edit: as PMBC said)

    In the event of a fire, even a big person will squeeze through if their life depends on it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,107 ✭✭✭ greasepalm


    Yes as posted on 2nd link but height from floor to base of window and needing an assist to get in or out might also be needed.


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