With this week designated Fire Safety Awareness Week, Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief announced that the Government would introduce the Fire Safety Bill 2012 in the coming legislative Session.
“The Bill will strengthen the powers of the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service to promote fire safety in premises in Bermuda at every stage of development; from the design stage through construction and use, to demolition.” the Minister said.
The 2012 Bill will adopt specific fire protection codes and standards in support of improved fire safety for Bermuda. Fire Officers will have the ability to perform risk assessments on premises to ensure that codes have been adhered to and to also make recommendations to improve fire safety.
Minister Perinchief concluded: “We intend to work with building owners to achieve high standards of fire safety. The people of Bermuda should feel safe as they go about their daily lives and enjoy themselves at any venue, event or gathering. Fire safety cannot be taken for granted.”
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