Honeywell study finds lack of awareness on fire safety in cities

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Almost 40% of visitors to hospitals, airports, shopping malls and office buildings in major Indian cities are unaware of fire safety, according to a recent joint study by Honeywell Life Safety (HLS), India and Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB).

The study brings out some alarming figures: more than one in four people do not follow appropriate fire evacuation procedures in the event of an alarm and about 80% of visitors are not aware of fire alarm procedures, indicating a lack of visible signage and instructions.

The study also showed lack of training or awareness among the workers and visitors to these facilities. Around 50% of the workers, working in the such places, have not participated in a fire drill or other safety training exercise.

“The situation gets much worse in homes where 85% of the respondents said their residence lacked a fire alarm system or detection device,” said Harish Vellat, regional director, Honeywell Life Safety India.

The survey was conducted in this year in eight cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Pune, Bhubaneswar and Indore.

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