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Ensuring Fire Safety In Public Places
While a fire may be the last thing, you expect when you go out to supper or a film, consider fire safety and how you may react. Your life and health can depend on it.
An average of more than 16,000 fires happens annually out in open places, such as restaurants, cinemas, night clubs, and meeting spaces. More than 7,000 fires happen each year just in eating and drinking establishments.
Consider, too, that 84 individuals kick the bucket in fires outside their homes each year.
From 2005 to 2015, there were 925 nonresidential fire deaths in the U.S.
Recently, there have been many fire accidents at malls, restaurants, marriage halls, exhibitions, shopping complexes, or other public places so far. Fire safety in public areas is the last thing we would have in mind when we visit these places, mostly for entertainment. Being more careful could help you avert any tragedies and make your family more aware of the safety concerns.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF FIRE IN PUBLIC PLACES?
Highly combustible materials – materials used for makeshift roofing could be of shamiana or thatched or cloth. These materials are highly flammable, and the fire could reach dangerous scales in seconds. In the Uphaar cinema tragedy in 1997, 59 people lost their lives due to suffocation, and 103 seriously injured due to stampedes.
Electrical fires – electrical short-circuit or ignition.
Intentional fires – setting fire to garbage or dried plants are common site countries like in India.
SOME OF THE WORST FIRE ACCIDENTS IN THE RECENT PAST
Recently we have had so many fire accidents in public places that have caused many casualties and have caused severe damage to life and property.
On March 25, 2018, a fire in a mall in Kemerovo, Russia, killed 64 people, most of whom were children.
Hospital fire in Miryang, South Korea killed more than 37 people and injured 131 on January 26, 2018
In December 2017, 38 people were killed in a shopping mall fire in Davao city in Indonesia.
In December 2017, 14 were killed in a rooftop bar at Kamala Mills in Mumbai.
HERE ARE SOME QUICK THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ANY UNFORESEEN INCIDENTS IN PUBLIC PLACES:
Be a good observer: Before you enter a building, check for these: Does the place have good entry and exit points, is it wide enough for people inside to evacuate in the wake of an incident? Are the exits and areas outside the building not blocked with materials that may hinder evacuation?
Locate the fire exits: Locate the fire exits as soon as you enter the building. This would save you crucial minutes in case of emergencies. Also, check if the aisles and fire exits are not blocked and are wide enough to help everyone evacuate safely.
Check for the fire safety system: Check if the building has fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, sprinklers, etc. If you cannot find it, ask the management about the fire safety system of the building
Is the building overcrowded? Do not enter a building if you feel it is unsafe. If the building is congested, or if it has too many heat sources which makes you feel unsafe. Avoid such places.
Have an assembly point: Does the building have an assembly point outside the building and communicate this with your family. In case of an emergency, you can assemble at the same spot without any confusion.
Be vigilant: Don't think fire accidents cannot happen around you. If the smoke alarm rings or if there is any unusual noise, exit the building immediately.
Other open places that require special attention are daycare centers and homes for the elderly: Children, elders, and individuals with special needs often cannot save themselves in a fire and need the assistance of the facility staff. These structures – elementary schools, daycare centers, and nursing homes – have mind-boggling and explicit life safety necessities. It is critically important the basic life safety prerequisites are met for these occupancies. While too detailed to get into here, you can help guarantee your adored one's safety in these structures by always guaranteeing the facility you use is appropriately authorized and investigated by the appropriate jurisdictions.
While considering one of these facilities for a friend or family member, ask about violations and the status of any repairs. On the off chance that you see or learn of issues, call attention to them to the management immediately and, on the off chance that they don't respond, contact local fire or building officials.
If you are uncertain about whether a structure meets current codes, speak with local fire and building officials in your locale. We often put a great deal of energy into researching facilities for their amenities and features, however, don't forget that a place safe from fire is part of the overall environment of care for these places.
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