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New rule tightens fire safety controls

Update: January, 31/2015 - 09:21
All public transportation vehicles—buses, boats and trains— must have their fire prevention and control designs approved and rechecked before going into operation. — Photo dantri

HA NOI (VNS)— Construction sites and all public transportation vehicles—buses, boats and trains— must have their fire prevention and control designs approved and rechecked before going into operation.

This new policy is just one of Circular 66/2014/TT-BCA's regulations, issued by the Ministry of Public Security and to be put into effect on February 6.

Those wishing to start construction projects or manufacture automobiles for public transport must send their fire prevention and control designs to the Fire Prevention and Control Police Department to be approved before they can begin.

Once the construction site or vehicle product is set up, the police department that had censored their design must perform a check to make sure the submitted designs were executed. The police reviewers must arrive within seven days after receiving notice.

The circular will also demand that universities and schools with areas of more than 25,000sq.m; hospitals with more than 100 beds; and performance halls and cinemas with more than 800 seats must also submit and get their fire prevention and control designs approved.

Machinery and tools used for fire prevention and control will also be checked to make sure their kind, design and quality are sufficient. Each tool must be checked at least once and upon passing the test will be stamped by the authorities.

At a recent meeting held in Ha Noi, Colonel Hoang Quoc Dinh, deputy director of the Ha Noi Fire Prevention and Control Police Department, said that dissemination of information about the issue should be improved, praising cases of well executed prevention and denouncing ill-prepared sites and vehicles.

Senior Lieutenant-General Bui Van Nam, Deputy Minister of Public Security, told the Kinh te&do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper that fire prevention and control forces should work hand-in-hand with local authorities to manage safety conditions. — VNS

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