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Fire safety gets push from fatal disasters

FIRE prevention officials in Shanghai are stepping up inspections as high-profile disasters such as an inferno at a poultry plant have focused public attention on fire safety measures.

On Monday, a blaze at the plant in northeast China's Jilin Province killed 120.

Three major local campaigns will be waged this year, as the authorities focus on temporary boarding houses used by migrant workers, electrical moped storage and parking lots, and residential and commercial complexes. More equipment, firefighters and fire safety officials will be deployed.

Equipment like portable pumps will be provided to older communities by September, said officials, including 1,000 such devices in a first round. Officials also plan to set up professional and part-time fire prevention squads at local high-rises this year, as well as hire more contract firefighters.


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