The frequency of fire break-outs are rising across many cities in India. Especially in Mumbai, the recent fire incidents have raised questions over fire safety of high-rises. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).
According to the Mumbai Fire Brigade recently, the city has witnessed more than 48,434 small and major fire incidents since 2008 to 2018, of which 1,568 were reported in Mumbai’s high-rises since 2008 and sabotaging 8,737 residential buildings, about 3,833 commercial buildings.
It is pragmatic that many buildings in Mumbai do not have a Fire Evacuation system in place to evacuate the people on time. Timely evacuation can help prevent the loss of possessions and lives of the people.
Dr Vikram Mehta, Managing Director of Spartan Engineering Industries and Fire Evacuation Lift Expert said, “Time is of the essence when fighting fires. A few seconds can be all that stands between controllable flames and an out-of-control blaze. Therefore, Fire Evacuation Lifts are significant to evacuate the people on time before it gets out of control. It will be a lifesaver for firefighters and for the people.”
Under the fire safety necessities, protective fire equipment like the Fire Evacuation Lifts, fire sprinklers and other fire management devices, may make the hazardous job of fire - fighting safe for evacuation of people.
The city needs to ensure implementation of an advanced fire evacuation lift before we lose more human lives and an effort in planning safer infrastructure.