Ho Chi Minh City currently has 1,037 apartments in use, of which more than half were built before 2000, do not provide technical and fire protection (fire), high fire risk.
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On September 14th, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a conference on fire safety and protection of apartment buildings in Ho Chi Minh City.
At the meeting, Colonel Tran Thanh Chau, deputy director of FPC, said that HCM City has 1,037 residential buildings. There are 297 apartment buildings with 10 floors or more, 474 older buildings built before 1975 and apartment building after the Law on Fire Prevention but not approved and tested on fire prevention regulations.
Recently, units under the Department inspected 734 tall buildings, made 734 records and dealt 119 administrative violations with a total amount of 144.550.000 VND. In particular, the main violations are violations of conditions of escape (25%), lack of firefighting equipment (18%), violations of management and use of electricity (10%)…
Mr. Chau added that the old apartment building was built before 1975 and before the Law on Fire Prevention is not equipped with sufficient firefighting system. These apartments have seriously degraded, there is no funding for maintenance. Some apartments do not have the unit manager, the management should do the self-examination, the propaganda and practice plan in the apartment is not implemented.
From 2012 to 2015, HCM City has experienced 26 fires in apartment buildings. The cause of the fire is mainly due to hooks, using electrical equipment is not guaranteed to lead to short circuit. In addition, because of careless people in activities such as cooking, using the source of heat, electricity in accordance with regulations should cause the fire.
Most recently, the fire occurred at Hoang Quan Plaza, Binh Chanh district. The Thang Long Permanent Company and Long Hung Phat Company have put more than 20 households into the Bay Hien apartment while the work is unfinished, the fire system is not used … is a dangerous precedent, causing unsafe people.
Tran Trong Tuan, director of the Department of Construction, said that the cause of fire safety in the apartment today is mainly derived from the characteristics of the apartment. First of all, apartment buildings in the city are mostly small in size and have been built for a long time, so most of them do not meet the current requirements of fire protection, no maintenance process…
Many apartments later arranged for people in former but it is office, office, hotel … so not secure fire prevention. Thirdly, the apartment buildings in Dien Bien are very diversified, such as apartment buildings, social houses, dormitories and accommodation. Therefore, the management and protection of fire prevention and fighting are different.
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“For newly built apartments, resettlement housing and social houses, the units should coordinate the evaluation of the quality of the works, the state of the technical system and the fire prevention and fighting system to make the findings. , rectify, timely overcome the violations, “- said Tuan.
Le Hoang Chau, Chairman of the HCMC Real Estate Association, recommended that the Fire Prevention and Firefighting Department of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi be allowed to appraise the design of fire protection works of group A and project of height 100 m or more. At the same time, helicopters should be purchased so that HCMC and Hanoi can fire high-rise buildings.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Huynh Cach Mang requested the units to accelerate the inspection and survey to renovate and dismantle the old apartment does not ensure fire safety. In the near future, HCM will give priority to solving problems, policies related to old apartment, social housing, accommodation… to ensure fire safety.
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