We live in a terraced house, the landlord own every house on our side of the street. All the other houses have sash window but our has big windows with 12 little panels of glass and big bits of wood holding them in (if that makes sense?!?) so basically there isn't a hope in hell of smashing the wood to get out and they only open about 6 inches at the top. We dont have a landing upstairs, you just get to the top of the stairs and theres a bedroom on either side so if there was a fire near the stairs we wouldn't stand a chance!!
we havent got two doors leading from the kitchen - just one. The windows aren't double glazed but they are like - um.... a grid of 12 panes of glass about 8x10" with thick bits of wood as the 'grid' so they are incredibly sturdy and would be very difficult to break - the only part of the window that opens is the top line of the 'grid'
When we rented out our house I don't recall any specific structural fire regulations, and certainly no safety inspection unlike gas and electricity. The only fire regs I recall related to fabric and soft furnishings left by landlord which had to comply to certain fire retardancy standards. However this was a modernish house with fully opening windows. Think there may be a buildings regulation to ensure that any replacement windows open adequately to allow escape (seem to recall that was the case when PIL's had one adjacent to a flat roof replaced), but this probably doesn't apply retrospectively -try the local Council Planning Office and Buildings Inspector as a start.
I haven't found out any more yet - dp is about to ring the landlord and ring me back to see what he said. Our back door isn't in the kitchen either - it's a sreange house lol!! Basicall you can see from the front door right down to the back door - you walk into the front room (no hall) then into the next room where the stairs are. No landing at the top, just a bedroom on either side. From that room you walk along and the kitchen is on the left (no doors - just doorways) walk a bit further and the bathroom is at the end on the left and the backdoor is in front of you - hope that made sense!! So basically if there was a fire downstairs and we couldn't get down the stairs we'd be buggered (for want of a better word!!) If the fire was in the kitchen we could get out the front door hopefully. If the fire started in either of the front rooms we'd have to be bloody quick top get out the front or back doors.
I should see the fireman from over the road at school tomorrow so i might ask him what he knows. (if i can talk to him without going all red and girly!!!!)
dp came to school with me and spoke to the lovely fireman - he said he will get the number from work for someone to come and do a fire safety inspection on the house. Estate agent man came round today and said he didn't realise our house had different windows to the rest of the street(??) but said that he will get all the bedroom windows changed to ones that we can get out of