Civil Defence officials say the main challenge faced by firefighters while battling fires in high-rises is the obstruction of fire exits
TERRIFIED guests at a party had to run through thick smoke when they found fire exits
blocked, a court was told.
He said that if clear fire exits
were there in the major fire emergencies in Lahore and Karachi, loss of so many precious lives would not have taken place.
Proper usage of fire exits
, availability of fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other equipment were demonstrated in great detail to the teachers so that they could in turn be of assistance in the event of a fire or any such emergency.
Despite a warning from the fire service, the hotel's operator, Manjit Singh Takhar, 62, had failed to ensure that fire exits
were clear, that alarms worked properly and that fire-fighting equipment was well mantained.
The once grand building owned by Peter Metcalf had caved-in ceilings and fire exits
Inspectors found locked fire exits
, cracked and broken masonry, faulty emergency lights and even an illegal helicopter pad on the roof of one factory.
But they reminded bosses that fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for all businesses, and escape routes and fire exits
shouldn't be blocked up with extra stock.
Besides the construction, experts will also examine the emergency and safety mechanisms of large shopping centers, such as fire exits
and evacuation schemes.
Further inspections found more fire alarm faults and fire exits
that were blocked or even locked.
Others could not escape because there were no proper fire exits
and windows were barred.
The premises were subsequently inspected by legislative fire safety audit officers, and itwas discovered that routes to fire exits
were not kept clear, fire doorswere wedged open and combustible materials were near a potential ignition source.