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Discussion on enhancing safety methods at Sharjah buildings

Discussion on enhancing safety methods  at Sharjah buildings


Discussion on enhancing safety methods  at Sharjah buildings 
Sharjah municipality held yesterday a coordinative meeting with Planning & survey department and Sharjah civil defence to discuss methods of enhancing safety in the building and to agree to develop radical solutions for some problems which caused fire incidents, as cladding buildings with flammable aluminum sheets. 
The meeting has been attended by Thabit Salim Altraify, Sharjah municipality director general, Eng. Khalid bin Buty Al Muhairy, Planning & Survey head department, Colonel Salim Khamis Al Naqbi Sharjah Civil defence director general and a number of executives from the three entities. 
Mr. Thabit Altraify explained that this meeting is one of a series of coordinative meetings and continuing talks held by the municipality with concerned governmental departments and entities aiming to achieve the highest rates of safety and security in the emirate of Sharjah, pointing out that the municipality discussed with Planning & Survey and  Sharjah Civil defence, some of the problems which represent threat to  the public safety in the buildings one of them is the facade buildings cladding by aluminum sheets which is flammable and caused in many cases fire in the buildings.  He confirmed that the municipality cares much for building safety and their inhabitants as well it cares to maintain the pretty and civilized look of the same. Therefore it puts into consideration when setting up and modifying the technical requirements for promoting the safety standards, not to harm the outside look of the buildings. 
Eng. Khalifa bin Huda Al Suwaidi, assistant director general for engineering, at Sharjah municipality, stated that the municipality obligates all contractors and consultants by the decision issued in the year 2016 which stipulates not to permit cladding the buildings with aluminum, especially for the building higher than 23 meter equivalent to 7 floors. 
Eng. Ahmed bin Abdurrahman Aljorwan, head of inspection department at the municipality, stated that using the aluminum cladding system for the buildings causes risks to the buildings, especially the inflammability of the insulation layers between the aluminum sheets. Furthermore the cladding system requires gabs in-between the sheets which allow a quick path for flames resulted from fire