Assessment (Management)29 May 2008 Fire Risk Factors in the High Rise Buildings in Abu Dhabi1.0 Executive Summary One of the ubiquitous factors of the skyline at Abu Dhabi is its sprawling array of high-rise buildings. The unprecedented economic growth in the United Arab Emirates in the last few decades has given way to an ambitious construction boom. Massive high rise buildings are in vogue that house the offices of top notch business and financial institutions and organisations that are increasingly shifting their operations to this oil rich kingdom. Such impressive modern day monuments also add to the status and reputation of this desert metropolitan.
Though most of the construction operations in this Islamic kingdom are outsourced; the imperative standards of fire safety measures in the high-rise buildings here are not as stringent as those in the Western nations. In the worst case scenario, hundreds of human lives and priceless financial assets may be exposed to risk owing to the immanent risk factors and sub standard fire protection systems in a high-rise building at Abu Dhabi. The purpose of this report is to identify the risk factors that are to be found in a typical high-rise building in this economically crucial metropolitan city.
Attempts have been made to identify and label the potential risks to regular occupants and fire fighting crews in the wake of any major fire. Potential risk factors may be embedded in the design, installation, certification and maintenance of the crucial systems of the building under consideration (Gurnell, 2007). On the basis of the given assessment, the fire and rescue services will be required to chalk out an Integrated Risk Management Plan, which will enable them to proceed with confidence in the case of any major conflagration in the given high-rise building. Table of Contents1.0 Executive Summary 2Table of Contents 32.0 Introduction 43.0 The Building 54.0 Risk Factors 54.1 Stairways 54.2 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 64.3Electrical and Communication Lines 64.4 Plumbing 64.5 Emergency Power 64.7 Hazardous Substances 74.8 Falling Objects 75.0 Conclusions 76.0 Integrated Risk Management Plan 87.0 Recommendations 9Works Cited 112.0 Introduction Risk assessment has become an important constituent of the overall strategies adopted by fire and rescue services in Abu Dhabi.
This enables the concerned services to save precious human lives and economic assets in the hour of need. Establishing and understanding a virtual worst case scenario makes the fire fighters understand and analyse the possible threats in advance and ensures better strategies and tactics when the need arises. This body of work provides detailed information on the possible risk factors to be faced in most of the high-rise buildings at Abu Dhabi. Once the relevant fire risks are identified, fire and rescue services can proceed to mitigate and nullify these risks in advance to avoid serious losses.
The initiative facilitated by this report will enable the fire fighters to find the answers to many serious questions pertaining to the possibility of fires in high-rise buildings. Dousing a fire in a high-rise building is always a collaborative response. Thus it is a must that all the relevant systems like fire alarms, electrical systems, stairway doors, and automatic sprinklers should be in a prim pram ready to use condition. This ensures a meticulous and effective pre-fire planning by the fire and rescue services.
All the successful Integrated Risk Management Plans in fire fighting services are based on a timely assessment of the potential risk factors in advance.