Fire Risk Estimation of Public-School Buildings in Thailand’s Rural Areas
Keywords:BS8800, Fire risk assessment, Public buildings, Rural areas, Schools
Accidental and intentional fires that can pose a threat to people’s lives and destroy buildings. This study aimed to assess fire risk in 41 public school buildings in Ubon Ratchathani Universityaffiliated schools in rural areas using the risk level estimator found in BS8800. Data were gathered using a questionnaire and a checklist in compliance with Thailand’s fire control regulations. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics including frequency and percentage. The results showed that 90.14% of public-school buildings were at risk of fire. There were no proper and sufficient fire prevention and suppression systems that met Thailand’s fire regulations. Only one school successfully completed the fire prevention and suppression plan. However, most schools did not instruct students and staff in basic firefighting. Therefore, concerned agencies should consider reducing fire risk and creating fire safety policies to ensure greater safety when fires do occur, especially in schools.
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