India’s capital city tightens fire rules for hotels and guesthouses

India’s capital city tightens fire rules for hotels and guesthouses
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Published: 2 June 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen

In the aftermath of two fire incidents, one in a New Delhi hotel and the other in Gujarat that claimed the lives of 17 guests and 21 students respectively, Delhi’s government has tightened fire rules for hotels and guesthouses.

The city’s new building bylaws bans these properties from running kitchens on rooftops or the basement. In addition to that, the use of carpets, wooden or foam panels in passages, corridors and staircases are banned, the Times of India has reported.

The newspaper also reported that storing flammable material on rooftops or constructing temporary roofing over terraces with flammable material is illegal.
Under these bylaws, it is also mandatory for hotels to install carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, besides natural arrangements for smoke ventilation. It is also compulsory for these properties to install doors that are fire resistant and can at least resist fires for an hour. Also, each building needs to get a no objection certificate from the fire department.

In the recent past, an F&B outlet in New Delhi burned down, however no injuries were recorded. Prior to that, a fire gutted down a major portion of the Grand Hotel in India’s hill-station Shimla.

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