A catastrophic blaze at a London condominium tower has introduced new scrutiny to a counterintuitive security rule for individuals in tall buildings.
Specialists say that in trendy, hearth-resistant buildings over 15 tales, individuals ought to keep of their flats quite than evacuate if the hearth isn’t of their unit.
That is what residents of London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower had been informed to do, however the technique failed Wednesday when flames unfold shockingly quick and engulfed the excessive-rise.
No less than 30 individuals have been reported lifeless.
Regardless of that consequence, hearth specialists say “keep put” continues to be one of the best recommendation — so long as the constructing has working protections, like sprinkler methods and fireproof doorways.
In different fires, individuals have been killed by smoke whereas making an attempt to evacuate down lengthy stairwells.