High-rise fire threat stirs push for changes
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.