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Yesterday, we heard the deeply saddening news of a massive fire in a commercial building in Surat, and the subsequent deaths of 20 children there.
Even as we put pressure on builders and city authorities to adhere to safety norms when planning and constructing buildings, it’s time to ask what we as citizens can do.
Fire safety in public places is the last thing we would have in mind when we visit these places whether for entertainment or for any other reason. Being more careful could help you avert any tragedies and make your family more aware of the safety concerns.
Highly combustible materials – materials used for makeshift roofing could be a shamiana or thatched or made of other cloth. These materials are highly combustible and the fire could reach to 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 stampede.
Electrical fires – electrical short-circuit or ignition
Intentional fires – setting fire to garbage or dried plants is a common site in India.
Recently we have had so many fire accidents in public places that have caused many casualties and have caused serious damage to life and property.
Never be nonchalant anytime. Fires could happen to anyone and it could happen to you as well.
This article was first published at Beyond Carlton, a non-profit organisation that aims to make India 100% fire safe. You can be a volunteer to help on this mission – sign up here, and the team will come back to you.
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