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Tera Wellness among 17 firms on fire safety blacklist

POPULAR gym Tera Wellness Club in the Pudong New Area was among 17 companies put on a blacklist yesterday for potential fire hazards.

Others included restaurants, entertainment venues and kindergartens, according to the statement released by Shanghai Fire Prevention Bureau.

The businesses started construction without getting approval from safety authorities, illegally lowered fire prevention technology standards during construction or used unapproved firefighting equipment though they had been told to replace it, authorities said.

In May, the Tera Wellness outlet in Zhangjiang High-tech Park was found to have started business before passing a fire safety check. Law enforcement officials ordered a fine of up to 30,000 yuan (US$4,902) and halted operations. The club’s name was not published at the time because the city began publicly naming violators in June.

The store applied for safety approval in September after a four-month rectification period, and the request is still being reviewed.

Since June, officials have released a list of violators every month through the media and the city’s fire prevention website.

In the past four months, a total of 81 companies and four individuals have been made public and ordered to make changes.

In June, big names and venues on the list included the Shanghai Jiu Guang Department Store and a Pizza Hut restaurant.

The public has been asked to inform authorities if they spot any violations.


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