Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have begun a comprehensive inspection on fire safety and prevention of public and entertainment facilities across the southern hub.
The municipal People’s Committee has executed a plan aimed at examining the fire protection systems of all facilities that are attended by a large number of visitors on a daily basis.
The comprehensive inspection is scheduled to run from November 11 to January 2017.
Targets of the scrutiny include a variety of entertainment services operated across the Vietnamese metropolis, namely, bars, spas and saunas, discos, and karaoke shops.
Restaurants, event centers, theaters, and cinemas will also be under the radar of the inspectorate.
Preventive methods for fire hazards will also be reviewed at local markets, supermarkets, and shopping centers to ensure safety for the visitors.
Content of the inspection consists of the compliance of regulations on fire safety, management and preventive measures of fire accidents, water resources used for extinguishing fire, communication with the fire department, construction designs, and others.
The inspection plan was carried out following recent fire accidents occurring at recreational facilities across the country.
The latest and most serious incident happened on November 1 when an inferno broke out at a karaoke bar in Hanoi, killing 13 people and damaging VND billions worth of property.
The owner of the karaoke did not have the required papers, including fire prevention evaluation certificate and karaoke bar permit, and had been ordered to cease his operation on several occasions prior to the tragedy.
On December 29, 2014, a violent fire broke out on an advertising panel at a karaoke in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City before quickly spreading to seven nearby buildings, with one person found dead following the flame.