Radio Taiwan ,Internatinal
Date: 16 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao
A survey released by a child safety foundation shows that 40% of day care centers in six municipalities around Taiwan are unsafe. The foundation is calling on the government to pay more attention to fire safety in particular.
At a day care center, both adults and children participate in a fire drill. The teachers look calm and their pupils are cooperative. But if a fire were to break out, would everything really go smoothly?
A survey by a child safety foundation shows that 57% of day care centers are located on either the second or third floor of their buildings. 40% of these buildings do not have a balcony or terrace. This means that everyone would have to escape through the windows. Nearly 43% only have one exit. And in many of the buildings, the stairs are so narrow that they only allow one adult to pass through at a time.
Firefighter Tseng Kuo-ching says teachers, parents and children must be familiar with the fire escape route in their buildings. He says fire safety equipment, signs, and emergency lighting are important, and that it’s best to hold a fire drill once every six months.