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Should I have Fire Escape windows?

There are many factors to consider when choosing new windows, security, energy efficiency, aesthetics, but making sure your windows comply to fire regulations is a must for your family’s safety.

FENSA rules are slightly ambiguous in that they state you cannot make the situation any worse and wherever possible you should make it better.

Having new window gives you the opportunity to review your situation and making sure habitable rooms have the means of escape required.

To comply to regulations

Habitable rooms on the ground floor (lounge or dining room) which don’t have direct access to a hall leading to exit door, or windows on the 1st floor bedrooms should comply with below. If you have rooms on 2nd floor or above a protected stairway will need to be provided negating the need for escape windows at this level.

The window should have an unobstructed openable area that is at least 0.33m2

An Openable size at least 450mm high or 450mm wide (the route through the window may be at an angle rather than straight through).

The bottom of the openable area should be no more than 1100mm above the floor.

The windows can have key locking handles in a private house to comply with insurance requirements, but the key should be located in a safe known place near the window.

If you’re unsure, please contact Boyland windows and our surveyors will come out and advise on your situation.

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