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External cladding of buildings may pose risk

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1: Chief of the Kuwait Fire Force, Lieutenant General Khaled Al-Mekrad, warned of the danger of the external cladding of buildings if they do not meet the safety requirements set by the force, specifically the protection sector. This came in the speech of Lieutenant- General Al-Mekrad during a symposium organized by the force entitled ‘Risks and Challenges of the External Cladding System for Buildings’ under the auspices of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Lieutenant General Khaled Al-Mekrad delivers a speech during a symposium organized by the Fire Force.

A l – Mekrad stressed the necessity of such preventive seminars to highlight the importance of the exterior cladding of buildings and the extent of their beauty to the exterior facades. For his part, the Deputy Head of the Kuwait Fire Force for the prevention sector, Major General Khaled Fahd, explained during the symposium the risks and challenges facing the external cladding, which is a decorative external protective cover of special construction materials through which engineers compete in the quality of designs and their external aesthetic form. Major General Fahd said that there are priorities in these architectural works, which may be more dangerous than beautiful, which is to follow the security and safety requirements set by the fire department through the use of classified and high-quality materials that resist heat and cold conduction and protection from weather factors.

The symposium dealt with the most important specifications required in the quality of the material for the facade of the buildings and the importance of having the external cladding that meets the conditions with the importance of the owner’s commitment and his keenness on the types of materials that are used in the building to decorate it from the outside and the importance of its quality that resists the outer layer of the building structure and resists mechanical pressures and chemical factors.

It also touched on the quality and durability of the cladding, so that this outer cover helps protect the building from the entry of water and moisture into the wall structure and the types of materials used in packaging and cladding, which are the most common ones as they perform fire insulation. It also dealt with the approved plans for the requirements of prevention and protection from fire, and their compatibility with the requirements of the building code and construction documents for the external cladding of government buildings, and that the plans comply with the requirements of the Kuwait Fire Force. (KUNA)

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