BFP to malls: Check fire safety equip­ment

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FOL­LOW­ING the fire in­ci­dents that hit two shop­ping malls in Davao and Cebu, In­ter-Agency Anti-Ar­son Task Force (IAAATF) spokesper­son Fire Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Jerry Can­dido re­minded mall own­ers to reg­u­larly con­duct in­ven­tory of their fire safety equip­ment to en­sure that these will func­tion in case of emer­gency.

"They them­selves must al­ways con­duct in­ven­tory of their own fire safety re­quire­ment sys­tem es­pe­cially the alarm sys­tem," Can­dido said on Wed­nes­day.

Dur­ing the fire safety in­spec­tion of the build­ings or busi­ness es­tab­lish­ment by the Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) fire safety in­spec­tor, all the fire safety re­quire­ment check­list must be fol­lowed and in com­pli­ance with the safety stan­dards be­fore

they is­sue Fire Safety In­spec­tion Cer­tifi­cate (FSIC).

Since fire safety in­spec­tion is only con­ducted once a year, mall man­age­ment and its safety of­fi­cers must have reg­u­lar checkup of the fire safety mea­sures to en­sure that these are func­tion­ing and to ad­dress de­fi­cien­cies.

The FSIC is a pre-req­ui­site or one of the re­quire­ments for the is­suance of a busi­ness per­mit and its re­newal is done ev­ery year.

"Kung kami po, pag­con­duct namin ng fire safety in­spec­tion op­er­a­tional yan we do not know af­ter that kasi any­time mag down yan," Can­dido added. "Ev­ery­day da­pat ini­in­spect. May mga safety of­fi­cers naman sila alam nila yan," he added.

Aside from the au­to­matic alarm sys­tem, the fire sup­pres­sion sys­tems, like the sprin­klers, must be checked as well if these are op­er­at­ing.

It can be re­called that based on their in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­side the NCCC Mall DAvao that was razed last De­cem­ber 23, 2017, they noted that the fire alarm sys­tem of the mall is not in­ter­con­nected to the Sam­pling Sur­vey In­ter­na­tional (SSI) of­fice at the fourth floor and caused the late warn­ing of the SSI em­ploy­ees.

An­other vi­o­la­tion they cited was the sprin­kler didn't func­tion when smoke started to blan­ket the build­ing that could have less­ened the smoke if it worked.

The fire re­sulted to the death of 38 in­di­vid­u­als af­ter be­ing trapped. It also trig­gered the mall man­age­ment to close down the mall and the BFP to rec­om­mend its to­tal de­mo­li­tion af­ter the fire gut­ted it down. It posed dan­ger when an earth­quake oc­cured be­cause of its in­sta­bil­ity.

A sep­a­rate fire in­ci­dent, which hit Metro Ayala Cen­ter in Cebu, started at the toys stock­room on the third floor of the Metro Ayala depart­ment store around 9:30 p.m. Fri­day, Jan­uary 5. No ca­su­al­ties were recorded. JCR

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