I am very sure that you have seen or read about the news of fire in One Above restaurant in Mumbai which has claimed 14 lives. This marks yet another restaurant accident in 2017 that claimed many lives that could have been avoided. Hopefully this is the last in 2017. I am really worried as new year parties have always been notorious for accidents. Stay safe!
While we can debate till cows come home on who all should be held responsible for the accident, I think we all as commoners have a responsibility. Can we do the following when we go to a restaurant:
- Avoid restaurants have have kucha construction. In the name of ambiance we have restaurants that have thatched roofs, fabric roofs etc. Such kucha constructions often do not get fire safety clearance. We are putting our life and life of our loved ones at risk when we visit such restaurants.
- Inquire and check where the fire safety exits are. You should worry about this especially when you are going to a restaurant that in the 3rd floor or above. Stampede and suffocation sometimes claims more lives than the fire itself.
- Check the presence of fire safety equipment in the building. Are there fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire extinguishers. These things are not so difficult to spot.
The above are 3 simple things that you can do to ensure that you are not making a costly mistake when you go to a restaurant. If you are a person who is a little bit more proactive, then ask for the fire safety certificate from the restaurant manager. Most of the restaurants usually hang them on the wall behind the counter. If you are of the curious type, then inquire if the restaurant has fire and liability insurance taken.
While all of this is no guarantee that a fire will not break loose in the restaurant or that there would be no casualty, but these just improve the odds in your favor. By how much do you ask? Well, wouldn’t you be happy even if there were a 1 in a 10,000 chance improvement on the safety of you and your loved ones?
Wouldn’t it be great if Zomato and Swiggy also had a safety score for a restaurant along with user ratings and popularity? Someone should incentivize a business being safe. Would you see that before making a booking? What do you think?
SMBSure wishes all of you a happy and a safe new year.