|Most markets, trade centres and supermarkets in the northern border province of Lang Son fail to meet fire protection and prevention regulations.— Photo sgtt
LANG SON (VNS)— Most markets, trade centres and supermarkets in the northern border province of Lang Son fail to meet fire protection and prevention regulations.
When the provincial fire department inspected nearly 1,200 establishments to set up files on fire prevention, only 100 passed with no violations, according to a recent report from the provincial fire preventing and fighting police force.
It also reports that up to 80 per cent of 21 markets, trade centres and supermarkets were built in the 1990s and have insufficient fire prevention systems, posing a huge threat to people working and living around them.
The report shows that residents' poor awareness about fire prevention and actions such as stealing electricity, encroaching air spaces and sidewalk cause difficulties for the firemen to work if fire happens.
The markets' management boards and household businesses are still not aware of fire regulations and fire prevention and fighting; investment in firefighting equipment and facilities is still poor.
"To minimise the risk of fire in markets, the firefighters will provide guidance to residents on how to prevent and deal with fires," said Colonel Ngo Xuan Ket, head of the police force, adding that those who violate regulations will also be given strict punishments.
There are currently 56 fire fighting night-watch teams in the province with a total of 672 firefighters.
Sixteen fires have occurred in the province this year, causing a loss of VND1.2 billion (US$56,400). — VNS