Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 4:29 AM on Thursday 17 April

/ Front page / News

NFA: Clubs fireproof

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NIGHTCLUBS in Fiji can be assumed to be safe in the eventuality of a fire.

The National Fire Authority says nightclubs are only issued with a licence to operate when they have fully complied with the requirements such as having more than one exit door.

Last month, a nightclub fire in Brazil claimed the lives of more than 200 people after they were trapped in the burning building.

Although nightclubs in Fiji are not as big as those overseas, questions were posed by The Fiji Times to the NFA on fire safety in nightclubs in the country.

The authority was asked for its views on fire safety in nightclubs considering that almost all normally use only one door for entry and exit.

"Firstly, the statement that almost all nightclubs have only one entry and exit door is an assumption," the NFA said.

"NFA and the Ministry of Labour (OHS) are required to inspect and check that such premises comply with the requirement of the National Fire Service Amendment Decree 2009 and that of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1996."