IPOH: Majority of homeowners in Perak still choose permanent security grilles, says the state Fire and Rescue Department.
Its deputy director Syed Azman Syed Ghazali said during a fire, permanent security grilles would make it harder for trapped victims to escape.
"When there is a fire, especially involving double story houses, most victims are trapped because they don't have access to go out as permanent grilles are placed at the windows.
"While we understand that security might be an issue, we hope houseowners will consider having at least one grille that can be opened in case of an emergency," he said at the Terminal Amanjaya here on Thursday (Dec 9).
Syed Azman said houseowners tend to choose permanent grilles because they were cheaper.
"We hope that houseowners will put security as their main priority when purchasing the grilles.
"There are cases where a house was caught on fire and the neighbours could only see hands and heard victims' screaming for help as they were trapped within the grilles window.
"Apart from that, we also hope each house will have at least one fire extinguisher as it can be used during an emergency," he said.
Separately Syed Azman said posters about security grilles and fire extinguishers had been placed at 12 Perak Transit buses.
"We are thankful for such collaboration with Perak Transit as it will help us to raise awareness about these two items.
"Private agencies and companies are welcome to contact us if they wish to do the same," he said.