Supplemental Evacuation - Alternative Means of Escape
INGSTROM Escape Chute system
MARK Save A Life self-rescue/escape system
Building with one access and egress should consider to have alternative means of escape
INDOSIAR TV Coverage on Sunday (30 June 2013) at 11:30 am on the safety and rescue METHOD for those who live multi-storey buildings with one access/egress that are prone to fire hazards.
The recent event of a fire in Jakarta that killed four people in a plastic shop could not escape was found charred in the bathroom.
Four victims mother, children, and grandchildren who were aged 2 years, and a maid, could not escape was found charred in the bathroom.
The media also reported that there were several incidents of fire deaths occur in ruko with one access/egress and have no alternative means of escape.
INDOSIAR interviewed the specialist in evacuation to find out how occupants can evacuate if the only route to safety is not accessible when a fire hazard occur.
Options available for alternative means of escape are: portable escape ladder, escape rope, escape chute, fire/smoke hood and fire balnket.
Jakarta Fire Chief say there are building regulation for low-rise building to have escape route such as fire exit, window, balcony, rooftop with no obstruction.
Very often the grills are installed in window, balcony, rooftop for security from theft without the approval of fire department after the building is consrtructed and approved by them.
There is no sanction for occupants installed window/balcony grills to protect from theft.
Buildings with metal grills installed at window/balcony rooftop can affect emergency rescue if the one and only escape route is compromised.
The building can have window or balcony grill to secure from theft. However, the grill must be able to open in time for fire evacuation.
Better still, buildings with one access/egress should plan for alternative means of escape.
Jakarta Fire Chief endored the means of alternative escape is one of the solutions. At this moment it is not a mandatory requirement in Indonesia.
Currently there are no legal requirements for employers and organisations in this region to provide evacuation equipment in the event of a fire.
Evacuation equipment were purchased on a voluntarily basis by employers and organisations because of their safety culture.
Provision of supplemental evacuation equipment ensuring a safer evacuation for everyone and support in-house Emergency Response Planning.