High-rise fire threat stirs push for changes

China Daily European Weekly - - New Digest -

Fire con­trol au­thor­i­ties will try to push local gov­ern­ments to slow the devel­op­ment of high-rise build­ings and re­duce the se­cu­rity risks of ex­ist­ing ones to pre­vent hu­man and prop­erty losses, says Du Lan­ping, deputy di­rec­tor of the Fire Con­trol Bureau of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity. China now has 619,000 build­ings taller than 24 meters and apart­ment build­ings taller than 27 meters, ac­cord­ing to the bureau. It said 42,000 of them have il­le­gally used flammable ex­ter­nal in­su­la­tion ma­te­ri­als. Of all high build­ings, 6,457 are su­per­high-rises of more than 100 meters, and the num­ber has been grow­ing by 8 per­cent a year — 2.5 times the world’s av­er­age growth rate of such su­per­high build­ings, says Du. Fire­fight­ers also may face some prac­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, such as wa­ter sup­ply and glass cur­tain walls, which could make it more dif­fi­cult to put out a high-rise blaze, she said.

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