Tall buildings risk review

In the case of the major fires in high-rise flats during the past five years, none are recorded as having originated from deliberate fire setting. It should be pointed out, however, that the figures are based on a sample of just six major fires, but this is a time when perhaps we should be thankful for small sample sizes. Fire risk assessors who have undertaken assessments in high-rise flats will not be surprised that in one of the cases the firefighters were impeded by poor access to the building.

In this article, Adair Lewis analyses the latest data relating to large-loss fires in high-rise flats in the UK and explores ways of addressing the risks. Topics covered: large loss; problem solving; fire statistics by structure type; property losses.

Topics covered:

• Large loss.

• Problem solving.

• Fire statistics by structure type.

• Property losses.