chapter  7
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Fire safety

And if it is hard for the designer to foresee all the risks, how much harder is it for the owner or manager who must safely operate a building, or for the ordinary user who could help spot safety lacks and, in the widest sense, help strengthen the political will towards achiev­ ing better legislation in countries where it is needed. Undeniably, there is widespread misinformation about what constitutes good fire safety. One only has to look at the media response when a serious fire costs lives, so often focusing on peripheral factors like how long it took the fire service to arrive, or how long their lad­ ders were. When people die in fires, the most architec­ turally significant factor is that the building did not provide fo r their escape. It may help to discount some of the more common fallacies.