Target: Brazil’s Senate Leader, Jose Sarney.
Goal: Increase fire safety precautions in public buildings.
On January 26, 2013, more than 245 people were killed in a fire that erupted in a nightclub in Brazil. During a concert, the pyrotechnics got out of control and engulfed the building in flames. The death toll is still rising from this event, and numerous others are injured from smoke inhalation, burns, and from the chaos that ensued while people were trying to escape. Despite the fact that the building only contained 500-1000 people, which was the less than the maximum number according to Fire Code, hundreds were killed because of inadequate escape routes and poor building design.
Fire safety has long been a concern in Brazil, where at several hotels, guests have complained that there is inadequate attention to fire precautions. One hotel guest noted that in a building several stories tall, there was only one small staircase from which to escape in the event of a fire. Meanwhile, others have mentioned that fire safety features, such as sprinklers in the ceiling and accessible fire extinguishers, are often missing from hotels and other public places.
In the wake of this nightclub tragedy in Brazil, it becomes apparent that change is necessary to prevent future unnecessary deaths. Please ask Brazil’s Senate leader and former president, Jose Sarney, to increase fire safety precautions in Brazil.
Dear Brazilian Senate Leader, Jose Sarney,
On January 26, 2013, more than 245 people were killed in a nightclub in Brazil. The death toll is still rising and countless others were injured from smoke inhalation, burns, and from being trampled as people tried to escape. Despite the fact that the nightclub was not filled to capacity according to Fire Code, people were unable to escape and the fire was not able to be contained fast enough to prevent massive causalities. Our condolences go out to your country and the families affected by this horrible tragedy, but the time to prevent future deaths is now.
The fire safety precautions in Brazil, and in particular at this establishment, were obviously inadequate. Many tourists have reported that hotels in Brazil also lack proper fire safety precautions, and one visitor mentioned that in a building of several stories in height, only one narrow staircase existed for evacuation in case of a fire. Meanwhile, tourists have noted that many fire extinguishers are not easily accessible and that escape routes in the event of a fire are not clearly posted.
Making these changes in public facilities in Brazil could help prevent more unnecessary deaths and ensure the safety of both Brazilians and tourists in your country. Please increase fire safety precautions in Brazil.
[Your Name Here]
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