Cir­cu­lar will pro­mote fire safety ac­tiv­i­ties

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW -

The State Coun­cil re­leased a cir­cu­lar on Thurs­day on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ac­count­abil­ity sys­tem to im­prove fire pre­ven­tion mea­sures.

Gov­ern­ments at county level and above have been or­dered to abide by fire pre­ven­tion laws and reg­u­la­tions, and su­per­vise the fire safety work of lower-level au­thor­i­ties. They should set up in­spec­tion mech­a­nisms and fire­fight­ing teams, as well as co­or­di­nate emer­gency res­cue oper­a­tions, the cir­cu­lar said.

In ad­di­tion, pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments should take charge of or­ga­niz­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings on fire pre­ven­tion and de­vis­ing or re­vis­ing lo­cal reg­u­la­tions, as well as re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, and should in­crease in­vest­ment in fire safety mea­sures.

Au­thor­i­ties are also re­quired to pro­mote the in­stal­la­tion of ba­sic sprin­kler sys­tems and smoke alarms in highly pop­u­lated ar­eas, in­clud­ing pub­lic ser­vice cen­ters, kinder­gartens, res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties, ho­tels and rental prop­er­ties.

The State Coun­cil has said it will eval­u­ate pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments an­nu­ally based on their fire pre­ven­tion work, and has urged lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to set their own eval­u­a­tion stan­dards.

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