Fire danger in Hanoi
In the first five months of 2022, there were 186 fires in Hanoi, killing 12 people and injuring 10 others, causing damage of around VND 5.3 billion. Up to 65% of the total number of fires occurred in the city center and in private businesses, houses that serve as both housing and commercial and production facilities.
The main causes of these fires were electrical short circuits, negligence in the use of fire sources and heat sources, and welding and metal cutting. Fires caused by welding and cutting metal during construction, renovation and repair of houses accounted for a small proportion of cases but had serious consequences.
On July 4, 2017, the People’s Council of Hanoi issued a resolution to deal with establishments that did not meet the requirements for fire prevention and firefighting before the entry into force of the fire prevention and firefighting law. fires.
It was reported that 2,483 establishments in the capital did not meet fire prevention and firefighting requirements before the date of entry into force of the fire protection law. Specifically, there were 1,569 old apartment buildings and dormitories; 363 schools, educational institutions; 180 offices, 204 warehouses, production workshops and 177 motels, hotels, fuel and chemical stores. Over the past five years, only 212 establishments have met fire prevention and firefighting requirements, or 8.5%.
At present, many schools in the city are located in residential areas, and old apartment buildings with specific structures and architecture cannot be rehabilitated to meet current prevention and control regulations. against fires.
To resolve this situation, the Hanoi People’s Council issued a new resolution to replace resolution 05, which clearly defines solutions, responsibilities and agencies in charge.
The new resolution is expected to help the city deal with fire prevention and firefighting issues.