Demand Factories in Bangladesh Install Fire Alarms and Emergency Exits

Target: President Zillur Rahman

Goal: Make factories in Bangladesh safer by installing fire safety precautions

Despite all of the recent tragic fires that have occurred in Bangladesh, it is shocking and intolerable that nothing has been done to amend these serious problems. Another fire occurred recently that killed seven female workers at the capital. This fire happened just a few months after 112 workers were killed in another deadly fire at one of the country’s worst factories. The number of people killed while working in such horrible conditions is too large to be ignored and it is time that the government steps in and demands a change in these factories. Fire alarms, fire safety evacuation plans, and working fire exits must all be implemented.

The recent fire occurred at the Smart Fashions Limited at Mohammadpur, which is in the city of Dhaka. The factory is two stories high and housed several hundreds of workers. The fire started on the second floor and the seven casualties died from the panic-stricken human stampede and the lack of escape routes, which caused some of the workers to jump out the windows. The workers immediately panicked because there are no working fire safety alarms so when the fire started it was already blazing through the floor. Furthermore, according to some of the workers that escaped, a door was actually locked on the first floor, making escape even harder. More than 10 people suffered injuries and had to be taken to the hospital.

All of these accidents could be prevented if the factories would implement fire safety guidelines. Every second counts and if the sound of an alarm can alert people quicker, more workers would have been able to make it out of the building safely. According to CNN, Mahbubur Rahman who is the fire service and civil defense director stated: “The factory is illegally built, and there was no fire exit.” There are roughly 4,500 factories within the country and each factory can house over hundreds of workers, which equals a lot of potential victims.

The factory industry needs that extra push from the government and start caring for the safety of their workers. The factories must install fire alarms, fire exits, and fire evacuation plans or maps in every building before more people die.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Zillur Rahman,

The recent fire outbreaks in factories across your countries have taken the lives of too many innocent workers. The most recent fire killed seven at the Smart Fashions Limited factory located at your nation’s capital. The fire before that killed over 100 workers. It is time for the government to push for some serious changes to factories.

Your nation has roughly 4,500 factories and every single one must have fire safety alarms, exits, and evacuation plans. There are too many lives at stake for these factories to not implement any changes. Please stress new regulations on fire safety in factories.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Fahad Faisal via Wikimedia Commons

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