High-rises more than 14 storeys should have their own fire-fighting equipment as firemen are equipped to fight fire only up to 13 floors from outside the buildings.
On October 18, six firemen, who got trapped in the lift of Thane’s Tarangan complex when they were going to the 14th floor to douse a blaze in a flat, died of suffocation.
“After the Thane incident, we will ensure that fire-fighting equipment is available inside buildings. Our firemen are equipped to fight fire externally till the 13th floor, which is the worldwide standard,” said Manisha Mhaiskar, additional municipal commissioner, after meeting fire officials at the civic headquarters on Monday.
The municipal corporation has also decided to upgrade its equipment.
“Even after the upgrade, we will be able to fight fire till 20 floors,” Mhaiskar added.
To ensure that the ignorance of the builders and the owners do not add to their inconvenience, the chief fire officer will also send appeal letters to residents to spread awareness about maintaining the fire fighting equipment.
“Our high-rise cell inspects such buildings but the problem is of compliance,” the additional municipal commissioner said.
“Either the occupants are ignorant of its importance or the owner or office bearers knowingly ignore the safety norms. If the builders can invest in other recreational amenities, they should invest to insure safety as well.”
“We are also requesting the state government to put an Act into being since very little can be done once the occupancy certificate is given,” Mhaiskar added.
“Under this [the Act], we will suggest that all licenced public premises, malls and shopping places shall be covered. Means of extinguishing fire, fire exit and refuge area will also be specified.”