Hazard Restricted access and egress – Fires in buildings
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Gaining access to the location of a fire in large, complex or secure buildings due to travel distance or security measures, may significantly delay firefighting operations. This delay may contribute to, or result in, increased fire development. Security measures in premises, such as places of lawful detention or banks, may also restrict access, resulting in delay. Domestic properties may also have security doors fitted, either to prevent access to the property or internally within the property as a safety or security measure.
Buildings with basements, or windowless areas, can have restricted access and may only contain a single point of access. Size, construction and internal layout can mean that incident ground communications may also be challenging.