Haø Noäi apartment investors ignore fire safety
HAØ NOÄI A total 287 apartment buildings and high-rise buildings in Haø Noiä have been reported for violating regulations on fire prevention and control.
Statistics from the citys Department of Fire Fighting and Prevention Police show the city now has 1,109 apartment and high-rise buildings.
According to Haø Noäis Inspectorate Department, most of the violating buildings were very slow in fixing their problems,
(New Hanoi) newspaper reported.
For example, the department has discovered 24 apartment buildings in the city that are below standards on fire prevention and control since April. But only four buildings have been fixed so far, the department said.
A specialist in construction design said the cost to complete a fire protection system accounted for about 2 per cent of the projects total capital investment. So, for a medium-size apartment building, the cost is estimated to be about VNÑ1520 billion (US$642,500857,000).
A current sanction for violating regulations on fire prevention and control in in- vestment and construction is only about VNÑ10-30 million ($428-1,286) under Decree 52/2012/NÑ-CP. The amount is too small to deter violators, he said.
Another problem is that some apartment buildings failed to maintain their fire prevention and control systems.
Major General Hoaøng Quoác Ñònh, deputy head of the citys Police Department said this was because investors often find ways to temporarily satisfy safety regulations. In response to the situation, the citys police department has launched a plan called General inspection of fire prevention, control and rescue in the city 2018.
Lieutenant Colonel Phaïm Trung Hieáu, head of the Fire Prevention and Control Police Office said the plan aimed to accelerate a project to improve effectiveness of the State management of fire prevention and control for apartment and high-rise buildings.
Under the plan, intersectoral inspections would be conducted more often, he said. Inspectors also plan to tighten inspections on the responsibilities of investors of apartment and high-rise buildings, he added.
Major General Ñònh, deputy head of the citys Police Department, said the most important factor was effective co-operation among relevant agencies to fix the situation.
Police would suspend constructions of apartment or high-rise buildings that were constructed without fire prevention and control certification, he said. If investors deliberately ignored requirements from agencies, police would take coercive measures and handle the situation according to the law, he said.
Data from the fire prevention and control police office showed more than 60 blazes have occurred in apartment and high-rise buildings in the city since early this year. Although there were no casualties, residents suffered from panic and property damage.
For example, a fire occurred at 1pm in an apartment at the 31st floor in Linh Ñaøm Apartment Complex, Hoaøng Mai District, on October 12, causing hundreds of people to panic. The fire was caused by a short circuiting washing machine. VNS