WHY SAFETY STANDARDS FOR BUILDINGS ARE IMPORTANT

Providing safe buildings is not rocket science; sometimes all it takes is just the right product from the market to fulfil the minimum safety standards.

Figure 1: The Fire Barrier Sealant helps control the spread of fire, smoke and noxious gases before, during and after exposure to a fire.

Did you know that all buildings in Malaysia, be it residential or commercial are required to meet building codes that set minimum safety standards? These building codes provide a comprehensive set of minimum health, safety and energy standards for the design, construction and maintenance of new houses and buildings, and major renovations.

Designing buildings for security and safety requires a proactive approach that anticipates and then protects the building occupants, resources and structure, along with continuity after a hazard.

Figure 2: Fire Barrier Self-Locking Pillows are designed to expand and lock together for tight seal against flame, smoke and toxic gasses

DOUSE THAT FIRE

Speaking of hazards, let’s focus on the fire safety standards in Malaysian buildings. It was reported earlier in the year that thousands of buildings in our country – including hospitals, hotels and office blocks – may be unfit for occupation. Citing the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, it is reported that about half of the 8,638 buildings nationwide listed as “high-risk” had failed to meet the fire safety standards. The department is monitoring about 4,000 buildings to ensure that owners obtain the Fire Certification while many more buildings were found to be without any fire-suppression and fire-fighting equipment.

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