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Title: HEIGHTENING FIRE SAFETY OF WHEELCHAIR USERS IN NEW AND EXISTING HIGH-RISE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN SINGAPORE
Authors: ONG SWEE CHING MARIE
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Lim Guan Tiong
2010/2011 PFM
Issue Date: 24-May-2011
Citation: ONG SWEE CHING MARIE (2011-05-24). HEIGHTENING FIRE SAFETY OF WHEELCHAIR USERS IN NEW AND EXISTING HIGH-RISE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Persons with disabilities, including wheelchair users, are different from the past. There has been greater call for equality in all aspects, one of which includes fire safety. Where provisions are made to allow wheelchair users entry into buildings, similar initiatives have to be made to allow for safe egress in fire emergencies. This can be done by the implementation of a fire emergency plan (FEP). FEP is not new in Singapore, however the development of fire emergency plan for the wheelchair users (or disabled) is still very much lacking. A FEP is important for efficient and effective egress of wheelchair users as it contains important details of procedures to be followed by both the users and the building management during a fire emergency. This research is thus undertaken, with an aim to initiate the development of a FEP in Singapore. The core objective is to investigate the applicability of foreign fire plans tonew and existing buildings in Singapore, and identify the implications of what implementing a FEP might involve. This can only be achieved with an in-depth understanding of not only the advantages of what a FEP can bring about but also the hind side of things. With foreign countries setting a benchmark to FEP standards, it has been found that foreign FEPs are applicable to Singapore to a certain extent as they are less applicable to existing buildings as compared to new ones. Interviews with fire professionals are subsequently conducted to identify the implications of FEP implementation, and building owners are identified as one of the most impacted parties of all. This is due to possible implications of higher construction cost; lower building efficiency and increased gross floor area. A case study on existing office building presents the possibility of improving fire safety while working within the limitations imposed by existing building/fire code. Minor alterations such as transformation of passenger lift to evacuation lift; incorporating the use of evacuation devices such as ‘stair strip’ and evacuation chair are some recommendations made. With that, the author strongly believes that existing buildings, like new buildings, can be made to improve on fire safety for wheelchair users.
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