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Fire safety in high rise occupancy.

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3 May 2012

Knowledge in the field of fire protection is undergoing development and recognition that will enable buildings to be designed for fire safety more rationally and efficiently. After years of trial and error, we are able to develop concepts and criteria that enable us to build high rise buildings that are safe.

More over this vertical expansion is also due to the increasing population and restrictions towards horizontal expansion. The problem, despite the vast improvement with fire prevention efforts, is that catastrophic fires continue to occur in high-rise occupancies resulting in large loss to property and lives hence the factors to optimize operational efficiency, effectiveness, and firefighter safety turn vital topics to deliberate.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a premier global independent safety science company with more than 117 years of history, a world leader in product safety and certification, with expert knowledge in the science of fire-fighting safety.

An interesting fact about Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is that its first testing service conducted in 1894 were on non-combustible insulation material and in 1900’s the first standard for safety was written on ‘tin clade fire doors’. UL is proud to be a gold sponsor for the 2nd Annual Fire Safety Technology Forum, UAE. UL is also participating in the conference to showcase and showcase new innovations and technologies to enhance life safety in buildings.

When a fire crisis emerges, it’s critical to protect lives, and that job becomes difficult when people are located throughout a facility and addressing fire safety and infrastructure upgrades across these wide areas turning each of these as vital issues for discussion.

At this region’s 2nd Annual Fire Safety Technology forum and exhibition dedicated to latest fire safety technologies, UL’s Regulatory Services, Mr. Alfredo Ramirez is scheduled to provide an overview on Fire Safety of Assembly Occupancies and Certifications by presenting case examples of historic fires in assembly occupancies, to identify and discuss contributing factors in these disasters, review code requirements implemented as a result of these events, pinpoint specific UL product standards and certifications that address the underlying hazards, explore key UL Certification Marks and Evaluation Process.

Additionally, Mr. Alfredo Ramirez would also stress on the development of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code with the highlight on Interior Furnishing Flammability Requirements. UL’s primary objective of this participation is to Identifying operational risks of high-rise firefighting strategies and fire suppression methods for large shopping malls to prevent fire spread and minimize risks in a crisis event.

UL’s Regional Director, Kevin Faltin, will also have the opportunity to participate on the interactive panel examining regional Civil Defense high-rise firefighting strategies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Fire safety in high rise occupancy.

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