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Fire prevention given priority at world event

Cameras are to be installed on high buildings at the World Expo site to look out for fire risks, Shanghai Fire Control Bureau said yesterday.

Bureau director Chen Fei said a total of 650 firefighters and three fire control stations will be at the Expo site during the six-month event which opens on May 1.

They will be particularly vigilant during the several firework displays, Chen said.

At present, more than 200 firefighters take turns patrolling the national pavilions and other Expo venues 24 hours a day, as their interior decoration is going on with welding and decorating materials posing major fire risks.

Chen said that if there was a fire in the Expo site, security guards could be there within one minute, and firefighters would be able to reach the site in three.

But the emphasis will be on prevention to ensure no repeat of what happened in 1992 at the Seville Expo in Spain when a blaze destroyed one of the country's four theme pavilions just two weeks before the Expo kicked off.

A six-month campaign targeting restaurants and entertainment venues without fire controls or ease of escape will be launched on May 1.

By the end of next month, the city will have 115 fire control stations in operation, Chen said.

Last year, 63 people were killed in 6,086 fires in the city. Senior citizens were the main victims.

Chen said that old people who lived alone were at the greatest risk.


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