Tiago Miguel Ferreira
Fire risk assessment and safety management in buildings and urban spaces—A new section of Fire Journal
Ferreira, Tiago Miguel
It is a great pleasure to assume the role of Editor-in-Chief for the “Fire Risk Assessment and Safety Management in Buildings and Urban Spaces” Section of Fire (https://www.mdpi.com/ journal/fire/sections/fire_risk_assessment_safety_management_buildings_urban_spaces, 23 May 2022), which is intended to take a front-seat role in the dissemination of world-leading research on this topic. Although the level of awareness of the international community about the need to identify assets at risk and develop more effective and cost-efficient fire risk assessment tools and mitigation strategies is increasing meaningfully , the deadly impact of fires is still very worrying. According to World Bank data , more than 180,000 people die yearly in fires or from burn-related injuries worldwide, 95% of those in low- and middle-income countries where risks rise proportionally to rapid urbanisation. Inadequate urban planning, infrastructure, and construction practices related to fire top the list of factors that contribute the most to the increase in the potential of conflagration, ignition, and the spread of fires in buildings and urban spaces; these aspects, therefore, must be considered with particular attention when discussing the issue of fire safety.
The amount of literature published on this topic has mirrored the awakening of the international community to this problem. This is particularly noticeable in recent years, where, according to Scopus, the number of research articles published yearly has grown strikingly; see Figure 1. It is worth adding in this context that Fire Safety Journal (Elsevier), Fire Technology (Springer), and Fire and Materials (Wiley) are the three primary sources of publications on this topic, being together responsible for almost 15% of the percentage of research articles published between 2012 and 2021.
Ferreira, T. M. (2022). Fire risk assessment and safety management in buildings and urban spaces—A new section of Fire Journal. Fire, 5(3), 74. https://doi.org/10.3390/fire5030074
|Journal Article Type||Editorial|
|Acceptance Date||May 31, 2022|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 1, 2022|
|Publication Date||Jun 1, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Oct 25, 2022|
|Peer Reviewed||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Series Title||Fire Risk Assessment and Safety Management in Buildings and Urban Spaces|
|Keywords||Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous); Safety Research; Environmental Science (miscellaneous); Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality; Building and Construction; Forestry|
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