Fire Audit For Malls

Special teams of Odisha Fire Services today conducted fire safety review of various shopping malls in the State Capital.

As many as 10 special teams of the Fire Services today reviewed the fire safety measures at 10 major shopping malls in Bhubaneswar.

Later, DG Fire Services BK Sharma said after conducting fire safety inspection at 10 shopping malls in Bhubaneswar, it was found that 8 malls were flouting fire safety guidelines. 

 “Notice will be served to these malls within two days”, he added. 

“Incidentally, only two malls had the requisite fire safety license. The rest eight did not even have the fire safety license or the required precautionary measures in case of fire breakout,” informed Mr.Sharma.

“It was noticed that the free passages or the exit passage which should be used during emergency of the malls were obstructed with small stalls. At some places, the fire equipments were less, electric installations were unsafe and in many places the hose was not working. In some places the personnel were not able to start the equipments. Separate reports of each mall will be prepared and action will be taken accordingly,” he further added.
Sources said, the teams are inspecting whether the shopping malls are adhering to basic fire safety norms or not.

Particularly, various aspects including installation of fire extinguishers, entry and exit routes, necessary approvals from Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and other warning systems are being verified.

Earlier, the Fire Services Personnel have conducted similar exercises at various hotels, clubs ahead of the New Year celebrations in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri in December, 2017.

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