UAE expert: Fire code update an 'ongoing' process

Easa F. Al Gurg tells Construction Week fire code improvements should be regularly exercised, especially in light of recent regional fires

Fire safety codes must undergo regular updates. [Representational image]
Fire safety codes must undergo regular updates. [Representational image]

While existing fire safety codes and standards in the UAE are sufficient to meet requirements, the spate of regional fires has necessitated that these standards are updated, an expert said. 

Easa F. Al Gurg, general manager of Easa Saleh Al Gurg's Commercial and Industrial Group, told Construction Week that the review and improvement of codes "should be an ongoing process". 

"Prevalent codes and standards are relevant to the current requirement of fire safety," Al Gurg said.

"However, review and improvement of codes should be an ongoing process.

"The recent fires occurring in the region indicate that new standards will have to be developed to drastically reduce the probability of a major fire breaking out or spreading under various circumstances," Al Gurg continued.

The UAE's Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group also includes Scientechnic, a fire systems firm in the country.

Mandatory testing of key equipment and products could also improve the quality of fire safety in the region, Al Gurg added. 

Remarking on the scope for automation to enhance fire safety, Al Gurg said: "Automation in fire and life safety is already a fact and is being continuously upgraded.

"For instance, the fire detection system is completely addressable and can communicate directly with the Central Monitoring facility of the local Civil Defence authority [in the UAE].

"This allows for faster responses from authorities in case of a fire incident."



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