Fol­low safety norms or you’ll be un­der fire

Mid Day - - WORLD -

hree years ago, RK Stu­dios in Chem­bur was ad­vised to put in place ba­sic fire safety equip­ment, but this coun­sel went un­heeded. The stu­dio is now pay­ing the price after a mas­sive fire struck the sets on Septem­ber 16. The Mum­bai Fire Bri­gade has since is­sued a pros­e­cu­tion no­tice to the stu­dio man­age­ment for non-com­pli­ance of fire safety norms, while can­celling a NoOb­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate (NOC) it had is­sued to the stu­dio ear­lier.

A re­port in this pa­per stated that de­part­ment of­fi­cials said in 2014, after the stu­dio was up­graded, that the man­age­ment had ap­proached the Mum­bai Fire Bri­gade for an NOC.

At that time, the man­age­ment was sug­gested to in­stall equip­ment, in­clud­ing sprin­klers, alarms and smoke de­tec­tors. But the stu­dio did not com­ply.

This should be a wake-up call for other stu­dios in the city. In this case, there was no shoot­ing on when the fire broke out, so thank­fully, in­juries and ca­su­al­ties were averted.

Stu­dios usually are a maze of rooms; they are huge, sprawl­ing struc­tures. If there is a blaze, there is dan­ger of it spread­ing rapidly through the stu­dio, fu­elled by all the flammable material around. It makes it all the more important that fire safety norms are com­plied with.

Stu­dios need to keep their fire ex­its un­ob­structed and clear so there is a path of es­cape. Fire ex­tin­guish­ers and smoke de­tec­tion units are also nec­es­sary. Alarms are a must.

Sev­eral stu­dios have com­mer­cial units func­tion­ing out of the space, like of­fices housed in small galas, or even small spa­ces sim­ply ly­ing va­cant in the premises. These too need proper fire­fight­ing equip­ment. The fire de­part­ment also needs to fol­low up on whether its rec­om­men­da­tions have been fol­lowed. It should not take a fire to make them check on this.

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