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Fire escapes key to safety


Mike King

Fire escapes key to safety

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The?Campus Trendz fire tragedy that claimed the lives of six shoppers three years ago, would not be repeated once store owners install fire exits.
That’s the view of chartered structural engineer Grenville Phillips and Chief Fire Officer, Wilfred Marshall.
“If they have done as I have hoped, such as meeting with staff and develop a plan for getting out of the building in the event of a fire as well as removing flammable material from some corridors, then we won’t have another Campus Trendz,” Phillips said.
Phillips told the WEEKEND?NATION, it was important that building owners implement plans such as putting in a separate entrance and notifying the staff so they are not locked in.
It could be a fire door which can only be opened from the inside said Phillips, a past president of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers (BAPE).
He also called for building owners to put in a fire corridor – an area where people can run without being burnt or crushed.

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