It is the most important process to undertake which is to stay mobile, sharp and agile during those life and death moment while finding your shortest way out of the place where an incidence of fire is in its sweltering heat, dusty and darkest atmosphere nobody wished to get into.
The fire that engulfed the London high-rise apartment, Grenfell Tower and the fire instigated by a lone deranged man in Resorts World Manila brought out more questions that answers. A lot of experts have inner thoughts with the characteristics of wide spread fire that had beaten the precautionary installations expected to function any-moment-in-time a fire or extreme heat is detected. NFPA has a lot of written standards and so does the local fire code of the Philippines. Did the owner respected or abides by the rule book,? of course they did as they wont be able to operate with the final inspection of these agency as part of the safety and security of life and property. Then… where does the milliseconds of error could’ve possibly started fail and cost the lost of lives and properties in less than an hour?
It’s high time that we carefully specify or select materials that’ll will bring the same visual and comfort effect but of high level resistance to flame, gas-induced-fire, sparks or blast. That’s one. Constant air-exchange controls are next. Were these buildings expected in one way or another to perform or engaged the suppression’s or multi-fire-defense methods as per installations that was approved by the local authorities? High ceiling spaces are a great recipe for easier spreading of fire, why? it is due to the fact that the placement of that basic sprinkler heads are far above the potential source of fire just in case. But what about the smoke that really kills more than that of the fire or burns due to suffocation’s? A negative air pressure system is one of the best option available to limit number of injuries and fatalities during chaos. Thick black smoke will easily block the luminescence of any exit sign placed overhead, in fact this should take a new level of thinking for those manufacturing such signage, an idea no other . A performance based design that should emit odor, high beam luminance once a smoke-screen is detected for an easier visual guidance inside the big complex buildings.
Let us always remember that fresh air inhalation is the primal component to survive once trap in a fire just like those that engulfed the two edifices located world apart. Perhaps making sure you knew the way out is best started through familiarization of the exit passageways down-ward and going upstairs till you reach the deck.
Never underestimate any incident, for it brings the same agony once you get injured or worst dead for good due to negligence and your inability to plan your way out in the nick of time. Paquito