Books cited13Websites cited14Table 1: comparison data between Central Scotland and17Investigation into Law, Ethics and Globalization with respect to fire safetyA study of fire safety order 2005 application and fire safety practices between Bedfordshire (United Kingdom) and Abu Dhabi emirate in United Arab EmirateIntroductionFire incidents claim lives of many people and bring about destruction of property. Fire incidents have been associated with deaths resulting from smoke inhalation due to lack of cavity barriers that could restrict spread of flames and smoke. Increased frequency of fire incidents occur due to compromised fire safety standards that have potential to stimulate increase of health care insurance costs.
In many instances, insurance firms fail to insure premises due to high risks of fire subject to lack of compliance with fire safety regulations. This usually follows fire risk appraisal of the premise by insurance risk appraiser. In many premises, there is evidence of lack of emergency plans and practices results into occupants who don’t understand direction of escape when fire occurs. In others premises, travel distances to protected stairwell is long and some lack active and passive fire protection.
This essay determines application of fire safety laws in UK and modalities in which the fire safety laws helps to safeguard health and safety of premise users. The essay highlights responsibilities of fire safety practitioner, the consequences of fire safety globalization in helping to update building fire and fire codes in developing nations and ethical issues that should advise sustainable delivery of fire safety concerns to beneficiaries. The essay concludes by contrasting fire case studies in Bedfordshire core and Abu Dhabi to illustrate fire safety status between the two states.
Demographic characteristics of Bedfordshire According to wikipedia (2008) Bedfordshire has 14 fire stations and recorded 1700 emergency calls (Bedfornh. org, 2005) of which 680 of the calls were fire incidents that resulted into 96 deaths. Bedfordshire had a population of 381572 according to 2001 population census (Bedfordshire County 2002). The main industry in Bedfordshire is wool (Table 1). Demographic data on Abu Dhabi EmirateAbu Dhabi Emirate is one of the seven states of United Arab Emirate. She had a population of 1.3 million in 2005 (Oxford business group, 2005). Abu Dhabi emirate shares legal, political, and economical functions with other six United Arab Emirates within federal framework although Abu Dhabi, as an Emirate has jurisdiction over her civic law enforcement and maintains upkeep of her local facilities.
Her gross domestic product reached $63000 in 2006. Her industry is crude oil oriented (visitAbuDhabi. ae, 2008). New world encyclopedia (2008) indicates the population of Abu Dhabi was 1,463,491 at the end of 2006 and her population growth rate is at 4.93% (visitAbuDhabi. ae, 2008). The fire rescue source responded to 14,000 fire incidents that resulted into 4624 deaths between 2002 and 2007 (Dina 2008).
Abu Dhabi Emirate has five fire and rescue status. Fire case studies Fire case study in Bedfordshire (UK)A fire incident occurred in Bedfordshire at 0352 hours and damaged 75% of the building. The fire fumes were a mixture of caustic soda vapors, propane combustion products like carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and asbestos dust. Presence of asbestos triggered warning of buildings in the direction of the wind to have their doors and windows to their houses closed since asbestos is a health hazard.
There were no fatalities reported (Bedfordshiretoday, 2009).