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474 premises in Sabah are fire risk

Published on: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sandakan: Four hundred and seventy-four premises have been identified by the state Fire and Rescue department to require certification.

Department director Nordin Pauzi said of the 474 premises, only 281 had obtained the fire certificate.

"The fire certificate is issued by the department to certify that the premises is safe from fire risks," he said while launching a Fire Certificate Seminar 2013 here, Saturday, which was attended by more than 300 participants comprising building owners, factory owners, building designers and relevant agencies.

He said the department would also ensure that nine categories of premises such as libraries, offices, hotels, shops, factories, assembly halls, hostels, stores and hospitals possessed the fire certificate.

"Our target is to get owners of the premises to act immediately in applying for the certificate before legal action is taken against them.

"Without the fire certificate, they can face action under Section 58 of the Fire Services Act which provides for a fine of not more than RM5,000 or a jail term of not more than three years, or both, upon conviction," he said.