16 December 2009
A new ISO technical report on how people behave when fire breaks out will help in designing safer buildings that make escape easier and reduce exposure to flames and heat. Fire-safety engineering – Technical information on methods for evaluating behaviour and movement of people ISO/TR 16738:2009 provides information on the engineering methods available for evacuation strategies and life safety aspects when designing buildings.
'The basis of life-safety design consists of provisions for the protection of occupants from fire exposure and provision for means of escape,'' says David Purser, convenor and project leader of the working group that developed the technical report. 'ISO/TR 16738:2009 will be useful for building design professionals, regulators, and fire safety professionals.'
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