A fire mock drill was conducted by the developer and the residents’ welfare association(RWA) on Sunday at Fresco Apartments, Sector 50, to check the fire equipment of the condominium and their preparedness to deal with a fire incident.
This comes after the recent incident of fire which broke out on May 8 in an apartment on the 17th floor due to the short circuit in the air conditioner. The condominium comprises over 830 flats.
During the drill, fire officials told residents about the measures to be taken if a fire breaks out in the condominium. They illustrated various types of fires and precautions to be taken in such cases. Over 150 people participated in the drill during which Ranbir Singh, fire officer of the condominium, demonstrated ways to put out different kinds of fire.
“The residents took life-saving tips during the drill and are now know what action to be taken in the event of any fire incident,” said Nilesh Tandon, president, RWA, said.
Residents, including senior citizens and children, participated in the drill. They took part in demonstrations of using fire extinguishers and water hose pipe.
“The fire incident earlier this week prompted the builder to conduct the drill. It also helped us make the residents aware of the need to get their cars removed from the driveway. The firefighters had trouble reaching the spot because of the cars blocking their passage (on May 8),” Tandon said.
After HT carried a report on May 11 on how parking on the driveway made it difficult for firefighters to respond to the fire, the residents have been parking their vehicles on the basements instead.
The RWA members had the tough time convincing the residents and had to conduct a two-hour-long drive on the night of the fire incident to ensure easy access to the building in the event of an emergency.
Fresco RWA has been stressing on a ‘Safety First’ culture and there was no better way of demonstrating the same than holding an inclusive, hands-on fire safety drill.
“It was great to see people of all ages coming forward to learn how to fight fires. We are working towards making this a periodic exercise to keep the awareness level at maximum among residents,” Supriyo Das Gupta, secretary, Fresco RWA, said.
The firefighting team demonstrated how to rescue residents or pets from the spot and showed how to enter a room in the event of a dense fire.
“In the backdrop of the recent fire incident, today’s fire drill was an extremely necessary, useful and timely exercise. It has instilled confidence in me to handle fire exigencies on my own before professional help arrives”, said Jaspal Khurana, a Fresco resident.
An unlearning and learning exercise, the fire drill was a timely reminder of the lack of preparedness to deal with an emergency. “Every family should ensure its members including children are aware of an evacuation plan during an emergency and know how and where to reach for the fire extinguishers,” Silpa Sagheer, another resident, said.