Improving Fire Safety in Hotels - A Seminar Hosted by Promat Middle East in Oman

Promat 18/07/2018


Promat Middle East hosted a seminar on passive fire protection in hotels on the 18th of July at Grand Millennium Hotel in Muscat, touching on different topics related to risks, consequences and solutions to fires in hotels.

The seminar gathered 41 industry experts from international companies in the Middle East construction industry, including architectural and fire engineering consultants, engineering firms, as well as Oman Civil Defense officers.

Regional Technical Sales Manager Mr. Diego Iglesias introduced the hazards which can be found in hotels, the properties of fire and development of fire in different scenarios.

He went on to explain how dangerous smoke is, the problem of visibility and exit signs, the behavior of people and escape routes, to emphasize on the many factors that are hard to control and the importance for right containment. Smoke management was also dealt with as it has critical importance in ensuring people can escape safely.

Later classified the consequences of those as affecting structures, compartmentation, ducting and penetrations. For instance, the effects on steel structures and concrete, particularly the dangers of the so called “spalling effect” of heated concrete, steel deformation and collapse. He elaborated on the way energy is released during a fire and so the dangers of combustible materials such as wood, fabric or plastic.

Subsequently, he went on to present the solutions within Passive Fire protection for each of the problems and hazards, with Promat systems being tested and certified, making the Hotel building safer for people and the property.

The seminar was very interactive, with a round of questions being posed by local industry experts and Civil Defense team, while on closing the presentation, a networking and dinner event was held at the restaurant of Grand Millenium.

The feedback was very positive from the attendees, some mentioning that they wish to attend more of these events and thanking Promat.