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'UAE fire code to legally bind tenants for safety'

Reports say the revised fire code, expected to be launched in 2017, legally bind tenants to fire safety, with penalties to be levied for non-compliance

The UAE's updated fire safety code is expected to be launched in 2017. [Representational image]
The UAE's updated fire safety code is expected to be launched in 2017. [Representational image]

The UAE's upcoming revised fire code will contractually bind tenants to ensuring fire safety, with penalties to be levied for non-compliance with their responsibilities, it has been reported.

Local daily Gulf News reported that following the implementation of the updated UAE Fire and Life Safety Code, tenancy contracts will have to "spell out roles and responsibilities of tenants and make them accountable for ensuring fire safety in their apartments and villas".

Its report continued: "Violations and their penalties will also have to be specified to reduce fire accidents due to human errors and negligence." 

Lt Col Jamal Ahmad Ebrahim, director of the preventive safety department at the General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defence, reportedly said that the move is aimed at improving end-user behaviour in buildings. 

He added: "“It is not just important to have a fire safety system. It is also important that people behave responsibly. 

"We are monitoring the buildings 24x7. We are monitoring the elevators, control panels, fire pumps, water tanks, and building gas system. It’s a smart system and, if we find any fault, we call the building management and ask them to fix it. But what about the emergency exits, the storage conditions, other behavioural aspects and irresponsible practices?”

Lt Col Ebrahim said that the new code will stipulate regular maintenance of the fire safety system.

Owners and building managements will be held responsible for this, the report added. 

The new code is expected to be launched early in 2017. 

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