Fire Safety Codes
Fire safety codes can be described as cautions that are adopted in a bid to minimize the occurrence of fire that may cause demise or destruction of property, raise an alarm in a building in case of a fire breakout, in a better way; make those injured by fire to survive or minimize the destruction that fire may cause. Safety measures regarding fire involve those that are observed while a structure is being constructed or observed to a structure which has already been constructed (Davletshina, 1998). The safety measure should be observed at all times during inspection process. For instance, the Valley Parade soccer stadium did not observe fire safety measures as revealed during inspection. Most of the gates when the fire broke out were locked. In addition, there were cracks on the stand that allowed for accumulation of rubbish which eventually caught fire resulting to death of fifty six supporters.
The fire inspection procedure requires that fire emergency gadgets such as fire extinguishers, signs for exit, and lights for emergency be inspected every month to ensure they are save for use in case of a fire break out (Solomon, 2002). In relation to this case, if the fire inspection procedures had been followed, the fire would have been put under control. It is deduced that there were no fire extinguishers in the passage way. Most of the fire exits were completely shut when the fire broke out. These two would have been prevented if the fire inspection procedure had been observed.
In order to enforce safety codes there should be inspection and servicing of protection gadgets. There should be put in place some departments to handle different issues arising from fire incidences. While some sections are dealing with hazards, others should deal with provision of equipments for fighting fire. In addition, the different sections should ensure that there is frequent inspection of permits that deals with any place dealing with fire. For instance, in a place where somebody wants to use fire works there should be a permit to show that the authority is aware. This would help a lot in preventing outbreak of fire. If the above procedure was followed, safety codes will remain enforced forever.
In this particular incident, the stadium should have been issued with a permit to hold such big games upon inspection and confirmation that the entire fire safety rule had been followed. The permit issuance authority should have followed up safety of the stadium so that any activity could have been stopped on seeing the risk ahead. After the stadium had been stopped from operating, the management would have ensured all fire safety measures were followed. Eventually, the incidence would have been prevented from occurring (Bare, 1997).
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