Jharsuguda : Following the death of 23 students in a fire at a coaching centre in Surat, Gujarat on May 24, Odisha Fire Services personnel have conducted simultaneous raids on several private coaching centers in the state to check their fire safety measures.
Similarly, in Jharsuguda, The Fire Officials had inspected 10 coaching centers , Concept Education, Beheramal, Siksha Coaching Classes , Marwaripara, Gyananda Tutorial, Beheramal, Masterji Coaching Centres, Beheramal, Brain Gym Abacus, Sarbahal, Nice Computer Center , Sarbahal, IT Support, Kalimandir , Vidya Gurukul, Marwaripara, Technocare Tutorials, Mishra lane Sarbahal and Ideal Coaching Centre for their adequate fire safety measures. This inspection was also carried in Angul, Bolangir, Bhawanipatna Bhadrak and Jeypore. The main aim of the inspection was to create fire safety awareness among the staff and students of these coaching centres.
As per the inspection carried out it was found that many coaching centers have not installed adequate fire safety measures. Most of the coaching centers have only one staircase which is inadequate for exit in emergency. Even electrical panel boards which has been installed below the staircases which enhances the risk of fire. Most of the corridors of coaching centers have been blocked by stacking of unused articles etc. Several lapses were found in these coaching centers. The defaulting institution will be issued notice to fulfill the shortcomings within a specific time.
During the course of the inspection, the fire safety personnel also sensitized the staff and students for adopting required fire safety measures and gave them useful tips about safe exit during any fire emergency.