Is your home too secure to be safe?

Yesterday there was a fire accident in an apartment complex in Mumbai. Newspaper reports indicate that seven people lost their lives while several were injured.

Fire safety in apartment complexes is usually not on the list of priorities of either the builder or the flat owners. This is because fires are rare, and fire safety systems do not impact our day-to-day lives, unlike water pipes, lifts, lighting, landscaping, garbage, drainage, etc.

When a fire breaks out beyond control in a flat, the immediate focus of people in the flat and in other flats as well, would be to get out to safety. If the fire systems are working, the fire alarm would sound telling people to evacuate. Would you be able to escape from your building if there was a fire? Or is it so well secured that you would get trapped? Continue reading