Forum: Are fire emergency plans factored into buildings' safe entry measures?

The queue at the exit point of NEX shopping mall as shoppers scan their ICs or show their Safe Entry screens on their mobile phones to the staff, on June 16, 2020.
The queue at the exit point of NEX shopping mall as shoppers scan their ICs or show their Safe Entry screens on their mobile phones to the staff, on June 16, 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

A recent visit to a mall made me realise how efficient the building management was in implementing safe entry measures.

The majority of entries/exits were closed with perhaps only one or two doorways left open for access.

After I had completed running my errands, I tried to exit the mall but found one exit after another closed with no security personnel from whom I could seek help. I literally felt trapped.

This led me to wonder what would happen in the event of a fire.

Perhaps the building management had already thought this through.

But I would feel reassured if it or the authorities were to shed light on how all of these locked exits would be opened safely and, more importantly, quickly in the event of a fire.

If there is no plan yet, it would certainly be a case of a tragedy waiting to happen in trying to prevent another.

Jason Toh Su Jin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2020, with the headline 'Are fire emergency plans factored into buildings' safe entry measures?'. Print Edition | Subscribe