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Fire shelters for all city high-rises

BUILDINGS taller than 60 meters, about 20 floors, in the city should have a fire protection shelter set up on each floor, says an official statement in the wake of Monday's high-rise blaze.

The shelters can be an empty space which fires cannot reach.

In high-rises standing between 60 and 100 meters, if insulation materials rated B2 - the lowest of a three-level scale - are used, a fire protection shelter must be installed on each floor, said to statement from the local supervising body of the quality of construction projects.

The shelter's location should be clearly displayed for people to see, the statement says.

The burnt building in Jing'an District was using the B2-rated flammable materials for heat insulation, which was blamed for the inferno spreading so quickly.

Zhu Liping, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security, said their investigation found that the large quantity of insulation materials outside the building were flammable, but legal to use.

According to Chinese regulations, level A materials are non-flammable, B1 semi fire-resistant, while B2 materials are flammable.

If a high-rise exceeds 100 meters, only insulation materials rated level A, the top of the three-level scale, can be used, says the statement.


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