RICS: 3 Recommendations on Safe Use of Mega Signage


HONG KONG, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is deeply concerned about the fire caused by a mega signage at the top of a hotel last week, resulting in evacuation of all the hotel tenants. RICS points out that signage can be commonly found in the top levels of buildings in Hong Kong, and therefore should be considered 'high risk and high hazard facilities'. RICS recommends 3 approaches in preventing future re-occurrence, and urges the government to deal with this issue with high priority with an aim to make relevant regulations:

  • Signage be classified as 'high hazard facilities' with a Fire Resisting Rating high enough and sufficient buffer be provided.  In the long run, the government should consider reviewing the relevant codes under Building Ordinance.
  • Authorised facilities managers be charged with the responsibility in carrying out regular fire drills, providing proper training to staff and ensuring escape routes are kept clear.
  • Although the building ordinance requires that escape routes be able to accommodate all occupiers at the same time, it is more feasible to carry out evaluation before deciding whether or not to evacuate the zones nearest to the fire be evaluated so that further arrangements can be made. This can prevent panicking that may worsen the situation.

Mr Raphael Pang, Vice Chairman of Building Surveying Professional Group Committee, RICS Hong Kong said: "Mega signage of buildings might be potentially fatally dangerous. To ensure the safety of the public, government departments and the industry should be working hand-in-hand, including developers, facilities managers, the Buildings Department, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department and the Fire Services Department. The government should come up with a long term feasible policy to regulate the use of such facilities to protect our citizens."

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Source: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors