Shops warned to leave exit doors unlocked at night time PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 July 2015 15:52

Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) Fire Marshal F/Supt. Dominador F. Zabala Jr. over the weekend warned anew owners of business and other major commercial establishments or buildings especially those with stay-in workers to unlock the main door or fire exits and any other exits (fire escape facilities) during night time that prevent their workers to leave the area.

Zabala said there are several business establishments with stay-in workers who are locking the main doors or any other fire exits to prevent their workers from leaving the area where they sleep or stay.

He said that his office will conduct surprise or unannounced inspection of major business establishments or buildings in this city particularly department stores or malls, hotels, boarding houses and the like to check if their fire exits or any other exits n the buildings are  not locked and passable in case of any untoward incident that may occur in the building.

This, after the deadly fire at Kentex Factory 2-storey structure in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila, involved in manufacturing of rubber items such as slippers and other products. Seventy two workers perished and millions worth of properties were destroyed in that fire.

Zabala said his office had also received reports that some business establishments in this city with stay-in workers are locking the entrance or any other exits of their establishments during night time to prevent their workers from leaving for unknown reasons. However, these workers may have no way to escape the building in the event of destructive fire.

He added that violations of Fire Code rules particularly the locking of fire exits when people are inside the building will be fined from P37,500 to P50,000 as penalties.

“No quiere quita socede el cosa ya socede alla na Valenzuela City donde maga trabahador no hay puede escapa durante el grande quema. We will also conduct surprise inspections of buildings if they comply with the other implementing rules and regulations of the Fire Code of the Philippines,” Zabala  said