Fire extinguishing facilities become obsolete in 20% of the buildings designated as important cultural properties August 23 10:21
Of the approximately 4,500 buildings designated as important cultural properties, approximately 20% of the facilities, such as fire hydrants, are outdated, and the function of the facility may have deteriorated.
In response to the large-scale fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, the Agency for Cultural Affairs investigated fire extinguishing equipment for more than 4,600 buildings designated as important cultural properties requiring fire prevention measures. There were responses from about 4,500 managers.
According to this, nearly 20% of these, approximately 870 fire hydrants and sprinklers, have been in use for more than 30 years and may have degraded functionality.
This includes more than 140 World Heritage Sites and National Treasure.
For this reason, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has decided to prepare new guidelines for managers in cooperation with experts and related ministries and agencies, as it is necessary to provide fire prevention equipment according to the structure of the building.