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Fire safety audit at city shopping malls

Bhubaneswar: Amid concerns over fire risks in commercial high-rises, the Fire Service Department today began auditing shopping malls across the city to assess their safety status.

According to sources, separate teams inspected as many as 12 shopping malls.

During the drive, the Fire-fighting officials will check whether the high-rise buildings and multiplexes have thorough fire safety equipments, efficacy of fire safety equipment, enough exit routes and exit signage boards, alternative evacuation plans in case of power failure or any emergency, and safety measures at house-keeping department, among many others, sources said.

Earlier on December 30, in the aftermath of the tragic fire mishap at a restaurant in Mumbai that claimed 14 lives, Fire Service Department personnel also conducted surprise raids at hotels and clubs in different cities across the State to check their fire preparedness for New Year eve celebration.

Teams of fire-fighting officials conducted raids at hotels and clubs located in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur and reviewed their fire preparedness.

The Mumbai accident has put mall safety at the forefront of concerns by shoppers and the State administration and civic authorities as well.

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