Santo Domingo.- In the wake of the tragedy in Brazil over the weekend, the National District Fire Chief has assured the nation that 74 out of 82 discotheques and bars in the National District have been certified for complying with fire risk security measures. The country is thus prepared for preventing an incident like Sunday’s tragedy in Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul, in which 232 people lost their lives after a nightclub was engulfed by flames.
General Oscar Guillermo García said that the fire service inspects all private and public spaces, and suggest adjustments that need to be made in order to comply with decree 316-06 on safety, giving them a reasonable time.
“Then we return and verify that everything we told them is in order and we certify them. We give the owner a certificate and then we place a sticker on the entrance stamped by us (the Fire Corps) that says that this space complies with all the safety measures.
He said that the measures that discotheques need to apply in order to receive certifications includes safety signs, emergency exits of a specified dimension, evacuation routes, fire extinguishers installed at a height of four feet, and that the exit should not be obstructed by vehicles.