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SA fire-protection regulatory framework still immature, warns ASP Fire

24th May 2019 Buildings that accommodate large numbers of the public are often not designed with specific occupant characteristics in mind. Shoppers are often unfamiliar with the layout of the emergency escape paths and are unaware of sounding fire alarms and other emergency systems. Large buildings such as... 

Fire safety in buildings must integrate sprinklers with smoke control

4th April 2019 Automatic sprinklers and smoke-control ventilation systems are not incongruous. However, they must be designed explicitly with each other in mind when approaching a fire-safety system design for a building. The primary, and most important, fire-safety objective, as stated in T1.1(a), A1 of SANS... 

The role of architectural review in rational design

14th March 2019 The qualitative review under rational design includes an architectural review, fire-safety objectives, fire hazards and risks, trial fire-safety designs, and worst-case fire scenarios for analysis. For example, consultants often ignore the building roof’s geometry, and the required substitute... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

Growth in fire engineering a hot topic for ASP Fire in 2019

22nd January 2019 22 January 2019: With insurers placing greater demands on businesses to comply with all relevant fire-safety standards and regulations, ASP Fire has employed two new fire engineers to enhance its service offering in this regard. Citing fire engineering as a key growth area, ASP Fire CEO Michael... 

Rational fire design solutions championed

21st September 2018 It is imperative for buildings to be designed to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke, as a minor design flaw could potentially put people, equipment and property at risk. For example, inhaling five breaths in a smoke filled room can lead to death. 
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