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    Four in a family killed in USJ2 fire

    Four people perished in a fire which razed a double storey terrace house in USJ2. Two of the victims were found in a room while another was found in a toilet and the fourth victim was found in a separate room. It is believed they all succumbed to the smoke and died from smoke inhalation..

    http://www.thestar.com.my/news/natio...le-of-windows/

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    Most of the landed properties notably the intermediate houses have very poor air ventilation.

    At night, doors and windows downstairs need to be closed for privacy and safety, and to prevent mosquitos. Windows of bedrooms upstairs need to be closed as air-conditioner is switched on. Smoke from fire or poisonous gas from leaking LPG can’t escape to outdoor and accumulate inside the house..

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    Deepest condolences to the family.

    I still find it hard to believe how they succumbed to smoke inhalation. They could have break the windows or wet themselves with towels.

    And the short circuit can be dangerous and I wonder why the fuse dun work? Once I smelled smoke in my old restaurant and when I checked there were fires in the neighborhood fuse box along the stairway. The whole thing was burning all the rubber hoses.......
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    According to that link, ....'trapped by the iron grille on the windows of their house.'

    I too had often wonder why no provision of emergency exits in these fully grilled houses.

    RIP

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    One window in each room is supposed to have an opening. But in the dark and panic, not easy to find the key to open it. Or maybe not installed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    ...I too had often wonder why no provision of emergency exits in these fully grilled houses...
    When illegal renovation/construction can be "legalized" by re-submitting drawing years after renovation was done, and extension after extension of compliance deadline were granted to law-breakers because of all sort of excuses, who else pay serious attention to complying building safety ??

    and since every policy here is carried out with the calculation of voters' support in mind, if the decision from municipal council is perceived to have negative impact on political support, the decision will be interfered by politicians to please the supporters in their constituency.

    Hence, there is no need to wonder at all ...


    Disclaimer : No disrespect to the fire victims. Just want to point out the general safety mindset of people over here..

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    Every now and then you see FIRE DRILLS in offices, ships and other buildings.

    It is a good idea to do that at homes. Knowing where the exits are and knowing where the keys are are of paramount importance.

    Very often exit paths are blocked by household stuffs making it impossible to walk freely through. Small details like these may save lives

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    Quote Originally Posted by opulant View Post
    When illegal renovation/construction can be "legalized" by re-submitting drawing years after renovation was done, and extension after extension of compliance deadline were granted to law-breakers because of all sort of excuses, who else pay serious attention to complying building safety ??

    and since every policy here is carried out with the calculation of voters' support in mind, if the decision from municipal council is perceived to have negative impact on political support, the decision will be interfered by politicians to please the supporters in their constituency.

    Hence, there is no need to wonder at all ...


    Disclaimer : No disrespect to the fire victims. Just want to point out the general safety mindset of people over here..
    When my house renovation had completed, I got a CF for it. I thought that was necessary to get a fire insurance and my concern was a house without a CF might not be covered by insurance company.

    On legalised illegal renovation, I believe there must be a reason to keep at least 5 feet space from property border, could be to reduce noise complain, prevent peeping, slow down fire spreading to house behind, etc. Who is responsible if such problem happen?

    I told my children what to do in case of fire when they were still in primary school. Really sad that these grown up didn't prepare for such risk!

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