As China heads into winter the State Council’s Office of the Production Safety Commission has issued a notice ordering a nationwide fire prevention campaign until March.
Over the past decade, there were 42.4 percent more fires in winter and spring than in summer and autumn, and winter and spring fires have killed about 70 percent more people than fires in summer and autumn, it said.
The office has asked local authorities to examine labour intensive companies, entertainment venues, hotels, high-rise buildings, old people’s homes and other places that need heightened vigilance against fire risks and have them rectify any problems found.
They should also enhance examination of large commercial complexes, museums and cultural relics to eliminate such risks.
The authorities should improve public knowledge about preventing and escaping from fires, and enhance the fire safety training of people in risky businesses, according to the notice.