Following the several fire incidents reported from the United Arab Emirates, a new fire safety norm is being introduced in the country to minimize these incidents. Once the fire safety code is issued, manufacturers who sell building materials need to approve it by civil defence and municipalities or they can face prosecution.
A database of buildings will be created by April, listing at-risk structures as part of a large-scale federal exercise following civil defence inspections. It will also be based on reports from developers and rechecked by teams comprising municipality and civil defence officials.
“Safety is No 1, so from manufacturers we will not accept material not on our list. It will be an offence and illegal if found,” said Lt Col Jamal Ahmed Ibrahim, director of the Dubai Civil Defence preventive safety department.