Fire Safety in Shopping Centres

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A large, crowded, shopping centre represents a significant potential for loss of life in fire. It therefore requires the highest standards of management to ensure that risks are anticipated and covered by the best possible systems for life safety and property protection. The one key factor that needs to be present if disaster is to be averted is adequate fire safety management.

Often, the one common element in multi-fatality fires is the failure of the occupants to take the right action when fire is discovered, or when the alarm is raised. Only effective management combined with adequate and appropriate training can ensure that the correct actions are likely to be taken.

The Management of the centre must also be aware of its statutory responsibilities under the Fire Services Act, 1981 (As Amended) concerning fire safety matters, including staff training and maintenance of the means of escape and fire safety systems.