Fire safety tips for High Rise Buildings

Fire safety in high rise building has been extremely critical since high rise buildings have come into existence.

 

It is damn difficult to design a fire safety plan for high rise buildings due to the following conditions:

  • Longer distance to evacuate away from the building.
  • More complex evacuation strategies.
  • Fire department accessibility
  • Smoke movement ( which is extremely dangerous)
  • Fire control
  • Higher population

So, the only way to evacuate people from the building is through stairways. Imagine you live in the 20th floor of 50 storey building and the fire is caught at 10th floor!!!!!  Evacuation becomes an Olympic race.

Yes, we do run through stairs if we are physically capable. What if you have any disabilities, might be either mobility impaired, visually impaired, or can also be hearing impaired?                                                                                                                 In account with this, we have bought up an innovative life-saving product for differently abled and pregnant women. i.e., Evacuation chair.

Here are a few fire safety tips for high rise buildings.

For Board members:

  1. Create a fire emergency plan.

The plan should consist of a map that shows the routes for the evacuation of and meeting locations.

 

  1. Develop a communication plan.

Work with your management company to create a communication plan for preparedness and emergency communications. Share this plan with residents so that they would know what do to prevent a fire and how they can respond in the event of a fire emergency.

 

  1. Conduct training for staff and residents.
  2. Keep public areas clear.
  3. Maintain and test your fire safety equipment.
  4. Consider installing a sprinkler system if your building doesn’t have one.

 For Residents:

  1. Take precautions at home. Prepare an escape plan so that you and your family are fully prepared if there’s a fire in your flat.
  1. Familiarize yourself with your building.
  2. Know your building’s fire safety plan and systems.

AED Saves a Life

A beautiful morning …Faint chirping of birds…golden rays of sunshine…. dewdrops over green grass….all signify a new inning.

It was a similar morning when 77 year old Prem Nath set out on a morning walk alone that fateful day in Mumbai , but halfway through just collapsed when he reached  Carter Road, Bandra .
A resident Samir Firasta, who spotted Nath during his morning walk, saw that he had completely stopped breathing and was lying listless. He immediately started giving CPR to Nath and asked a bystander to fetch an machine that was installed at the nearby Otters Club. Once the machine arrived, he used the AED to deliver  the shock  which revived Mr Nath and he started breathing. He was immediately taken to the hospital by Mr Samir where he recovered and was sent home safe and sound. He calls Mr Samir his Life saver and says he owes his very existence to him.

What would have happened if no one had responded like Mr Samir did? What if the Aed was not readily available? How would you feel if you were a witness to a similar incident and wanted to save the person’s life but didn’t know how to?

To be an effective life saver, it is important to first understand the actual medical cause of the life threatening incident: Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating suddenly, affecting the flow of blood to brain and other vital Organs. If the heart is not revived within 4 minutes of a cardiac arrest, brain death is inevitable.

During this scenario we have  to immediately  administer  CPR(Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to the victim .CPR  is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with AED electrical shock in an effort to manually preserve the brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest.