Fire Safety : Everybody’s Responsibilities

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May 24, 2010

Today, Myanmar people all around the world are watching the sad news on internet that is breaking out of fire at Mingalar Bazzar in central part of Rangoon. According to news, it was said that fire was started from wire-shock (nobody knows; but the most possible point of fire in the area of power tripping was common) and some said from incense stick that was offered to the prayer at the fourth story. Fire engines from most of the townships in old capital, Rangoon were gathered to the place of incident and tried to control fire. Unfortunately, the heart of the fire was on fourth storey and as of difficulties in access to that place helps fire to be able to withstand for about 6 hours.

Regardless of whatever reasons, fire was broke out already. In this point of time, nothing to do with blaming here, blaming there. It was too late to do fire safety for this particular building that fire was already on. So, what shall we do? We have to find the weakness in the past, the lessons given to us by these huge damages. So, how shall it be better if every individuals in our environment to understand fire preventive measures and fire safety awareness when fire was broken out?

Every individual should have fire safety concern in their mind whatever they are doing; then the whole community is automatically set up the best fire preventive measure already. How we can achieve the goals of understanding of fire safety and preventive techniques in mind for every individual in community? The first person will be me and the next person will be you. We study fire safety issues first, and try to spread out these matters as much as we can, one day, every individual in our community will have safety concern to fire.

Don’t play, play. Fire is the best friend when we use in proper way and the worst enemy when we are not using it in correct way.

OK. Here are some engineering books concerning to fire safety. It will helpful to Civil engineers and other interested people also.

The first book is Fire Safety Engineering – Design of Structures which is an essential resource on the design and performance of common structural materials when they are exposed to fire - including major coverage of the new Euro codes.

Fire Safety Engineering: Design of Structures provides the knowledge needed to design a structure which will withstand the effects of fire.

The book covers everything from design concerns and philosophies, regulatory control, the behavior characteristics of natural fires through to the properties of different materials at elevated temperatures.

Focusing on the fire sections of the Structural Euro codes, the book provides detailed design advice on each of the main structural elements such as concrete, steel, composite steel-concrete, timber, and masonry, aluminum, plastics and glass.

J. A Purkiss, Consultant, previously lectured Structural Engineering at Aston University. His main areas of research were the behavior of concrete, concrete composite materials and concrete structures at elevated temperatures, the experimental determination of the effects of spilling and its modeling using coupled heat and mass transfer, the determination of the characteristics of fire damaged concrete structures.

  • Design methods based on the fire sections of the new Structural Euro codes
  • Worked calculations and examples clearly illustrate the effect of temperature rise and structural performance of structural elements
  • Essential reading for Structural Engineers, Building Designers, Architects, Fire Engineers and Building Control Officers

The second one is Introduction to Fire Safety Management. Andrew Furness and Martin Muckett give an introduction to all areas of fire safety management, including the legal framework, causes and prevention of fire and explosions, fire protection measures, fire risk assessment, and fire investigation. Fire safety is not treated as an isolated area but linked into an effective health and safety management system.

Introduction to Fire Safety Management has been developed for the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management and is also suitable for other NVQ level 3 and 4 fire safety courses. The text is highly illustrated in full color, easy to read and supported by checklists, report forms and record sheets. This practical approach makes the book a valuable reference for health and safety professionals, fire officers, facility managers, safety reps, managers, supervisors and HR personnel in companies, as well as fire safety engineers, architects, construction managers and emergency fire services personnel.

Andrew Furness CFIOSH, GIFireE, Dip2OSH, MIIRSM, MRSH, is Managing Director of Salvus Consulting Limited who specialize in Fire Safety. He was the chairman of the NEBOSH / IOSH working party that developed the NEBOSH Fire Safety and Risk Management certificate.

Martin Muckett MA, MBA, CMIOSH, MIFireE, Dip2OSH, former Principal Health and Safety Advisor to The Fire Service Inspectorate and Principal Fire Safety Officer, Martin is currently Salvus Consulting Limited's Senior Fire Safety Trainer / Consultant.

  • Fully covers the syllabus for the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Student-friendly presentation in full color packed with illustrations and photographs
  • Includes a summary of legislation relevant to fire safety, ideal as a reference for students as well as practitioners

Download Here.


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