Increase Nightclub Safety Regulations in Aftermath of Brazil Tragedy

Target: International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims

Goal: Increase security and emergency measures in United States nightclubs to prevent possibility of tragedy occurring.

Ten years ago, a fire killed 100 people at a West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub during a Great White concert. Now, a fire has killed at least 231 people at a Santa Maria nightclub in Brazil. Whatever the safety regulations currently are for nightclubs, they are obviously not strong enough. New rules and regulations need to be implemented to ensure that no such tragedy can ever occur again. Call on International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims to take action.

More emergency exits need to be added to such buildings based on a per-capacity basis and need to be situated in locations that are easy for a large number of people to access. Nightclub employees need to receive more extensive required training in emergency situations. Pyrotechnics need to be heavily restricted or outlawed altogether within closed venues. Venue capacities need to be trimmed down to allow for more effective escape routes in the case of an emergency. All in all, extensive emergency regulations must be enforced to prevent this sort of tragedy.

A start can come by appealing to those responsible for building safety regulations. The federal government can impose a stricter limit on venue capacities per square foot of concert space and can also mandate an additional number of emergency exits per venue capacity. Such changes would represent a good start in making nightclubs and other related buildings much safer.

These sorts of tragedies don’t have to occur. The government has the means to implement measures to keep concert venues from exposing themselves to the sorts of risks and dangers that cause bad things to happen. Now the government just needs to start using their power to help keep said venues safer. Sign the petition and call on International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims to take action.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sims,

The recent nightclub fire in Brazil is a terrible tragedy that has shed light on how concert venues need to be changed and more heavily regulated. The government has the power to greatly hinder the odds of such a tragedy ever occurring again, and it needs to take action and enforce its power in this regard.

Venues need to have smaller concert capacities per square foot of space, so that in the event of an emergency it will be easier for everyone to escape the premises. They additionally need to have more emergency exits per capacity, again to make it easier for everyone to escape due to emergency. These sorts of changes to current building regulations need to be enforced to lower the odds of another tragedy.

It would also behoove the government to add more emergency response members on site and help train venue employees on how to handle emergencies. For starters, though, the buildings themselves can be altered to help better the chances of patrons surviving an emergency situation such as this. You need to take action on this immediately, Mr. Sims; there’s no telling when another tragedy could occur.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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