Two staircases slashes fire evacuation times, Home Office research reveals

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Research conducted by the University of Central Lancashire found high-rises with two staircases could be safely evacuated in under 10 minutes

Two staircases support a faster evacuation from high-rise residential buildings in the event of a fire, according to new research published by the Home Office.

The study, commissioned by the government but conducted by the University of Central Lancashire, tested the efficiency of five different evacuation strategies from high-rises using fire and rescue services and volunteers to act as residents.

The study simulated a fire incident that becomes “untenable to expect residents to remain in the building”.

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