Fire officials on alert as Christmas and New Year partying draw near

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HYDERABAD: With the festive season ahead, fire safety officials said that they are taking extra precautions to prevent any untoward incidents.

“We are expecting a huge footfall this winter as all Covid restrictions have been lifted,” said Rangareddy district fire officer (DFO), S. Sridhar Reddy. “We will be active and alert to swing into action as and when we receive a distress call. So far, we have been conducting check-ups every Friday in Madhapur, Gachibowli, Lingampally, Narsingi and Nanakramguda,” he said.

Being the first time in two years for the public to organise and gather, churches and event planners are going all out with their arrangements.

Hope Unlimited Church (UC) from Hyderabad will be hosting their gathering for Christmas and New Years at public gardens in Nampally.

“The gathering will be an accumulation of Hope UC’s Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Himayatnagar campuses. We are expecting an attendance of 20,000 people. As for the fire safety measures and other security measures, we have made elaborate arrangements with adequate fire safety equipment for the stage and at the venue,” said Christopher Leo, a church member.

An official from the fire department said that they will be more vigilant at venues with huge lighting setups as they may face problems like overloading and short circuit.

Cyberabad police commissioner Stephen Raveendra said that instructions are being given to those seeking permissions to organise New Year parties about fire safety and security measures.

“We have been asking every organiser to apply and seek police permission to conduct a party this time. We are asking them if the party has the fire department’s clearance. We also ensure that they have an ambulance arrangement and availability of doctors and paramedics in case of emergency,” he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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