Decree for fire and panic prevention in Morocco, on the table

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Morocco will adopt a law establishing the security against the risks of fire and panic in buildings.

Decree for fire and panic prevention in Morocco, on the table

Decree for fire and panic prevention in Morocco, on the table

After a long wait for the development of such regulation, a draft has been tabled by the Ministry for Planning and Development of the National Territory to the General Secretariat of the Government (SGG) for review and observation.  It will assess the implementation of the provisions of the General Regulation concerning the building security against the risks of fire and panic in buildings. It will also be responsible for proposing and giving out its opinion on the amendments to standards and measures indicated in the General Regulation.

Under this regulation, each type of the buildings are described and checked according to the safety guidelines, classification, constructive provisions, the smoke, planning rules, techniques and means of relief and control facilities against the fire. As for the constructive provisions, building insulation will be a major component of prevention.

The work must be created so that in case of fire outbreak, spread of fire within the area is restricted, the spread of fire to neighboring construction works is also lessen and avoided as occupants can leave freely  and taking the safety of the rescue teams into consideration. Clearances particularly on exits, hallways and stairs should be developed and distributed to facilitate the fast and harmless evacuation of people. The building must be equipped with emergency lighting and automatic water control must be imposed in all part of the building.

Institutions must be equipped with mobile devices such as water buckets, fire pumps, fire extinguishers, and wheeled extinguishers to allow staff and the public to put off the fire.

A schematic plan and permanent sign shall be attached to each building entrance to facilitate in responding during emergency. Among other provisions, it should be noted that each building, depending on its height and the number of people it receives must have one or more facades available, each served by a road or open space.

Mohamed Dekkak