Fire risk to a local shopping mall

Wan Ki Chow, M. Y. Ng

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This paper addresses the safety aspects of local shopping malls. There are concerns about occupant density, high fire load and inadequate fire safety provisions such as passive building design, active fire protection and fire safety management. Therefore, a preliminary study on such a shopping mall was carried out in order to understand the potential fire hazard. A site survey was carried out to ascertain the geometry of the mall and the shops concerned, fire safety provisions including means of escape, fire services installations and transient occupant loading. A fire risk analysis of the shops concerned was made to study the potential hazards of the building and its contents, life safety and the activities being carried out. Probable fire environments are simulated by a two-layer zone model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-169
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • business interruption
  • escape routes
  • evacuation time
  • Fire risk analysis
  • fire safety provisions
  • life safety
  • potential fire hazards
  • property loss
  • required escape time
  • response time
  • risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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