Every year unfortunate fire incidents claim hundreds of lives and millions of rupees worth of merchandise in Pakistan. It is the responsibility of the building owners and the management to protect the lives of inhabitants and visitors from the threat of fire as an objectively serious concern. Proper fire risk assessments should be done and a reliable means of firefighting should be designed and installed within the building along with a proper fire plan. A dedicated staff must be trained to handle a fire breakout in a procedural manner. Fire Alarm and Detection System with proper means of extinguishing the fire as soon as possible should be incorporated in the building design.
The first and the foremost step should be to evacuate the building as soon and as effectively as possible in a fire incident. Proper lighting and building exit indications must be there to assist the occupants in safe and methodical building evacuation.