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British Steel's Jef Robinson points out: 'The interesting thing is that generally people don't die from collapsing buildings. They die from smoke.' Like many fire engineers, British Steel's Robinson and Arup's Keith Lee believe that the simplest and best method of fire protection for both people and property is to use sprinklers. Fire engineers deny the widespread misconception about sprinklers. They don't go off en-masse, but are activated individually by heat. Their reliability is ...

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