Survey exposes architects’ fire-protection ‘ignorance’

Firefighters douse the burning Littlewoods Building in Liverpool

Fewer than one in 10 able to correctly define key basic terms, research finds

Research into architects’ everyday knowledge of basic fire-protection terms has revealed results described as “worrying” by the safety firm behind the survey.

In the study, undertaken as lessons from 2017’s Grenfell Tower tragedy are still emerging, architects were asked about their understanding of four common terms relating to buildings and fire. Only 8% were able to correctly define them all.

Survey commissioner Zeroignition said that just over a third of UK respondents were unable to correctly define the concept of active fire protection, just over half (52%) were unable to do the same for passive fire protection.

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