A worrying report from our Fire and Rescue Department: 40 high-rise residential buildings in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur, and seven more in other cities across the country, have been called “ticking time bombs” for high-risk fires.
Berita Harian details just how bad some of these safety infractions are. For example, an apartment in the Pantai Dalam area of KL was issued 224 notices from the Fire Department for failures in their fire prevention system. These included lack of fire extinguishers, broken water sprinkler systems, blocked and/or locked fire exits, and faulty alarm systems to add icing on this very flammable cake. Scared yet?
Authorities have been drawing more attention to the issue of building safety after the Grenfell Tower fire of London killed 80 residents. Fire Department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor says that 282 incidents this year have already been reported in high-rises.
Concerned residents can call Bomba toll-free 24hrs to report any infractions or safety issues at 1-800-888-994, or visit http://www.bomba.gov.my/english.php for more information.
(list via Berita Harian)