11 Aug '17, 3am

Govt may require fire safety upgrades for old buildings

Experts believe that some of the old buildings in Singapore may be in need of fire-safety upgrades, reported The Straits Times. Chan Kok Way, founder of SD Architects & Associates, said these buildings may have design issues like inadequate fire compartmentation that prevents fire from spreading as well as outdated automatic fire sprinkler systems. The Fire Code, which was created in 1974 after the fire at the Robinsons Department Store killed nine, do not include buildings constructed before 1974. These buildings were required to have fire safety retrofitting only if they had major renovations. SEE ALSO: New homes to be equipped with smoke detectors Nonetheless, some older Housing Board blocks had upgrades like installing dry risers on every floor, said The Institution of Engineers, Singapore former president Chong Kee Sen. Despite this, experts feel that the implementati...

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