She also asked for each high-rise building to have at least two emergency exits
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a set of directives to the authorities concerned, to ensure building codes and fire safety regulations are implemented in high-rise buildings and other large establishments.
The directives include introducing a yearly clearance certificate by the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department for high-rise buildings and industries, strictly following building codes to minimize fire incidents.
The prime minister gave the directives, chairing a regular cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka, yesterday morning.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters.
The cabinet secretary said the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to regularly inspect fire safety arrangements of high-rise buildings and other establishments.
She also directed the Fire Service and Civil Defence, responsible for issuing fire safety clearance certificates for future building construction, and to inspect sites to make sure that buildings are viable for construction.
The other directives the prime minister gave include making arrangements for fire drills by the building owner every three months, to raise awareness among the public about fire safety and innovative techniques that are followed internationally to control smoke in a blaze.
Alam said at the outset of the meeting,that the cabinet adopted a condolence motion at the loss of lives and property in the recent devastating fire at FR Tower in the city’s Banani area.
It also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved families.
After the motion, the prime minister gave a number of directives on fire safety, the cabinet secretary said.
She asked people to maintain building codes strictly in constructing any building, and to create water reservoirs and preserve lakes.
Saying that the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department of the country has only three ladders for high-rise buildings, the prime minister asked the department to increase their number.
She told architects to design buildings, keeping the environment in mind, to ensure there are fire exits and are kept unlocked.
Sheikh Hasina said that currently many offices use electronic doors that usually do not work in power outages.
In this connection, she asked offices to make the doors workable manually, for when there is no electricity.
The prime minister asked authorities to keep a veranda in each school and hospital, asking the authorities to ensure those verandas remain open all the time.
She also asked for each high-rise building to have at least two emergency exits.