Haø Noäi apart­ment in­vestors ig­nore fire safety

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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 city’s Depart­ment of Fire Fight­ing and Preven­tion Po­lice show the city now has 1,109 apart­ment and high-rise build­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to Haø Noäi’s 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 project’s 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 city’s Po­lice Depart­ment said this was be­cause in­vestors of­ten find ways to tem­po­rar­ily sat­isfy safety reg­u­la­tions. In re­sponse to the sit­u­a­tion, the city’s 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 city’s 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

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