chapter  9
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Fire protection in buildings

Insurers also want to know how buildings perform in a fire, not least because it is in their interests to avoid property or business loss. In fact, it is in everyone’s interests if occupiers can resume operations with minimal business interruption following a fire. So, the spread of any fire must be restricted, if possible, to the compartment of origin. In all cases, the spread of smoke and flames can only be restricted or delayed by sound fire-separating elements, and this requires good design, good construction and regular inspection of the structure by those qualified to do so.