Chapter Four

Fire Safety

The possibility of a fire has a major influence on building design, both at the initial and final stages of the design. Fire precautions in buildings are concerned with the prevention of fire, for example by removal of combustible material, safe handling procedures, choice of lining materials and so on, and, should this fail, with the protection from fire of people and property. Under the term of fire protection are measures designed to allow means of escape for the occupants of the building as well as measures to prevent the spread of fire both within a building and from one building to another. In most countries the statutary fire regulations vary according to the type and use of the building and, in general, attempt ...

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