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Engineers play a very important role when it comes to the design of new buildings and the modernization of existing structures to better protect against fire damage, injury, and death. Fire engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to protect people, property, and their environments from the harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke. … In the United States fire protection engineering is often used to include fire safety engineering.
Indeed, when an engineer is charged with the design of a new home or commercial building, the responsibilities include much more than insuring the building will stand up structurally over time, there is also great effort expended to make sure the completed building is safe from water intrusion (flood) and fire. From the roof to the foundation, an engineer is expected to put his or her name and seal on the specifications that direct what materials and methods will keep people and animals safe from harm. It is a tremendous duty and obligation.
In Fire Engineering, the placement of fire-resistant material, the location of fire-safe doors, and the design and location of fire alarms and escapes can mean the difference between life and death, so every professional engineer is very concerned with these issues. Most people don’t think of fire as a real threat in their daily lives, but in 2016 there were almost 4,000 deaths in the United States due to fire. The numbers have gradually come down over the past several decades thenks, in part, to advances in Fire Engineering, but fire will always be a threat to human safety.
Take some time to make yourself aware at home and where you work to locate where fire exits are, check to make sure you have a fire extinguisher at home, and make sure your smoke detectors work. If you are buying a property you should always have it inspected by an engineer to make sure it is safe structurally and with regard to fire prevention.
Justin Hall, P.E. has been working with people and property for many years, often finding fault with various defects including fire safety errors. You can reach us by calling (501) 240-9213 and we are able to help you in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.