Essays on Fire Hazards in Leeds City Centre, the United Kingdom Case Study

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The paper “ Fire Hazards in Leeds City Centre, the United Kingdom” is a   forceful example of a case study on environmental studies. Within a city center, the fire hazards are many and varied. At a generating plant, a quick look around reveals flammable and combustible liquids, some under high pressure. Solid fuels abound in the form of coal and coal dust, biomass, paper, and electrical cable insulation. Also, natural gas, which is becoming more popular as a fuel, can increase fire risks. In addition, there are many areas inside a city center that contain very hot surfaces and/or high-voltage equipment and cables.

Hydrogen, which is extremely flammable, is also used extensively in power plants (Rasbash, 2004). All of these potential fire sources are often located extremely close to each other, increasing risks even more. Any failure in a containment system can lead to a serious fire. Most often that we see that a fire was caused in a mall either due to a short circuit in the air-conditioning system or one of the wires for the backup electricity generators got over-heated and hence from there started a spark which leads to a catastrophe of the place causing loss of life and loss of property.

The picture shows the different fire fighting stations that we have in Central London. The high number itself is an indication of the fact that such incidents are not rare and need due attention. PURPOSE OF PAPERIn this paper I am going to pick two different hazards that are potential in Leeds City Market and in The train station at Leeds; specifically, that have a strong chance of occurring during an emergency in the central city market or shopping mall.

I will then describe management techniques for such hazards. Further, I will describe the intensity, time frame, frequency, manageability, and impact of such fire hazards. BENEFIT ANALYSISPotential paper objectives results include: Safe fire suppression at the mall and train station at a minimum cost by reducing fuels and converting highly flammable material to fire-resistant city stands on the periphery of identified city areas in Leeds; Reduced number and size of city centerfires, lower resource loss, more public involvement, and a well-coordinated network for fire protection (Purkiss, 2001); Well-equipped and -trained firefighting forces.


Purkiss 2001: Fire Safety Engineering Design of Structures

Rasbash 2004: Evaluation of Fire Safety, - Technology & Engineering - 2004 - 496 pages

Thomson, Norman 2002: Fire hazards in industry, Elsevier, 176 pages

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