The fire services department has taken elaborate measures to prevent mishaps in the city during the festive days of Durga puja. The Fire and Emergency Services Department has urged the puja organisers to follow fire prevention norms to ensure a safe puja. The department would keep a tight vigil to ensure adequate fire safety measures in pandals.
There would be no partiality in maintaining vigilance. So there is no question of being soft on the big pujas or harsh on smaller pujas. The message is to ensure a safe puja.
The guidelines include fire retardant solutions on materials used in pandal decoration, use of authorized ISI marked cables and wires, adequate distance between metre box and puja pandal, fire alarm system, CCTV, small fire tending machines installed at various places and adequate supply of water.
There are 1,780 puja committees under their ambit. Like every year, the Fire and Emergency Services Department give the best puja awards to those committees who would follow the fire safety norms and indulge in best practices.