IPOH: With the festive period just around the corner, people shopping at malls are advised to note the emergency exits in case of fire, says Perak Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman.
He said upon entering malls, shoppers must not only first think about what items they wanted to get, but also identify the exit points.
“In case there is any emergency, at least those who are aware of safety procedures and exits will be able to get out of a building easily.
“Sometimes during a fire, the electricity can be affected and it's possible for the place to be enveloped in total darkness,” he told reporters after inspecting Mydin Meru Mall to ensure the exits and fire safety equipment were in working order.
Azmi also urged people not to carry out last minute shopping, as this would cause malls to be packed.
He said in case of an emergency, with so many inside a mall, shoppers could panic.
“We don’t want anything untoward to occur, so people should plan their shopping accordingly,” he added.
Azmi said his personnel would also be deployed periodically to recreational areas in the state, such as selected beaches and waterfalls, during the festive period to ensure everything was under control.
He said such places were a focus point during holidays for families.
“I am advising parents to always keep an eye and give serious attention on their children during swimming activities.
“People should also dress in proper swimming attire to ensure their safety when swimming in such places,” he added.
On the fire safety campaign by the department, Azmi said a total of 119 shopping premises in the state would be inspected.
He said the inspection of such premises was between May 15 and June 14.
“So far 65 premises have been checked, and the remaining 54 checks are in the process.
“So far the department is satisfied , as only two premises have been told to rectify their faulty smoke detectors,” he added.
Azmi said Mydin’s mall was top notch when it came to safety aspects.
“We hope malls don't just focus on making profits, but also on the safety aspects,” he added.