Letter To the Editor
Fire safety awareness in dry season
It is a matter of sorrow that 13 innocent peoples were killed in a plastic factory fire accident in Keraniganj, a suburb of Dhaka City. The news published that the factory was running illegally since long without any monitoring and supervision. We have a tendency to avoid the rules of law and there is also a serious lack of awareness to the fire safety. Fire safety measurement is a prerequisite steps for life-saving during fire accident held in different shopping malls, factories and buildings. Many high rising shopping malls, markets, factories and buildings have been built in the big cities in our country but they have no sufficient fire safety training, extinguishers, insurance coverage and security management.
Most of the buildings have no sufficient side space to enter the fire service vehicle and other extinguishing instruments. The factories, shopping malls and buildings have no enough urgent exit points during accident that increase the vulnerability of stampedes and other fatalities. They don't have to follow the minimum requirements of building code of RAJUK and others approval authority. The approval authority also doesn't strictly monitor the fire safety requirements during construction of the shopping malls and buildings.
We sincerely urge the government and the authorities concerned to make public awareness for fire safety and also monitor the fire safety measurement of the big shopping malls, factories and buildings from time to time to reduce the dry season fire accident.
Md Zillur Rahaman