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Building Fire Prevention Hong Kong

by John A. Herbert
15 March 2017
John A. Herbert
John A. Herbert

Is your property portfolio is really safe? Of course, you have the required certificates, but happens on a day-to-day basis?

Your life could depend on the building and its fire fighting equipment operating perfectly when needed but has it been checked?

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Fire door propped open with fire bucket, fire and smoke would rapidly spread thoughout the building

Fire is a serious risk for every high rise building, Kelcroft helps mitigate the risk, giving peace of mind that all reasonable measures have been undertaken.

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Penetration in staircase wall, smoke could spread thoughout the staircase preventing escape

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Newspaper soaked in oil leaking from Chiller bearing only needs a spark

Surveys reveal countless deficiencies, including:

  1. fire doors wedged open
  2. fire protection systems abused
  3. inoperable escape lighting
  4. faulty fire fighting equipment
  5. faulty fire fighting equipment power supply
  6. hose reel hidden behind tolleys
  7. fire services equipment certificate expired
  8. AFA fire alarm panel bypassed
  9. fire detectors sealed inside plastic bags

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Kai Ming Building, Wanchai Fire 2016

The media reported a major fire at the Kai Ming Building, a residential building located in Wanchai, Hong Kong on 19 April 2016, it was reported on the day that the building fire fighting equipment was "unstable" SCMP reports.

One month later, the HKFSD report explained that the fire fighting equipment was switched off at the time of the blaze.

It is a timely reminder that your life is really in the hands of the building owner.

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We help organisations arrange safer buildings, call the experts today and have an independent review of your fire safety systems.

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Construction Site Fire Risk

During construction the risk of fire is often overlooked, the result loss of life, property damage, and delayed construction contracts cost millions every year. Fire occurs unannounced, for example 1996 Garley building fire, Megabox cooling towers fire in Hong Kong, and Galaxy hotel Macau are examples that suffered major fires during construction.

The Garley building fire in 1996 occurred during the renovation works in an occupied building, forty people died, the regulations were only changed afterwards to maintain fire rated partitions.

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Photo credit: SCMP 2015
Construction Fire Galaxy Hotel Macau{link}

Does your construction site comply with best practice? An independent site survey helps mitigate the risk.

About Kelcroft

Kelcroft is engineering firm headquartered in Hong Kong providing professional engineering for the built environment in Hong Kong, China and across Asia. Our Hong Kong office telephone: +(852) 2335 9830 call us today!

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