The hospital fire
safety record in the United States is very good, but recently
two large outside of American caused multiple fatalities. In 2015, 25
people died in a fire at Jazan General Hospital in Saudi Arabia. All of
the fatalities were located on floors above the floor of fire origin.
Among the many factors that contributed to the
loss of life were several related to the design, construction, and
commissioning of the facility. In January 2018, 37 people died in a
hospital fire at the Sejong Hospital in South Korea. Preliminary reports
attributed a vertical opening as contributing to
at least some of the smoke spread in the building. This presentation
examines key lessons from these fire and explains key provisions that
could have prevented the multiple loss of life in each incident.
Identify at least four design and construction issues the contributed to the loss of life at the Jazan General Hospital fire.
Explain at least three design and construction issues that contributed to the loss of life at the Sejong Hospital fire.
Discuss at least three commissioning issues that contributed to the loss of life at the two hospital fires.
List key code provisions that could have prevented the loss of life during these two fires.