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  • Seoul Examines Safety of 472 Multi-use Facilities with Chuseok Holiday around the Corner

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 500

    With Chuseok holiday just around the corner, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will be examining the safety of multi-use facilities, such as traditional markets and passenger terminals, of which the number of users is expected to surge, as well as facilities with vulnerable safety (levels D and E) by September 17.

    Targets of examination include a total of 472 places: 350 multi-use facilities (▴ 185 traditional markets, ▴ 160 large stores, and ▴ 5 passenger terminals) and 122 facilities with vulnerable safety (levels D and E).

    The safety of electricity and gas will be examined in traditional markets and large stores, which are vulnerable to fire as most of them use LPG for cooking. As for passenger terminals, where a lot of people will gather to take buses during the holiday, the fire protection system and evacuation routes will be examined to prevent casualties in case of an accident.

    122 facilities with vulnerable safety (levels D and E) will be examined as well. The SMG will focus particularly on old residential areas to promptly order any necessary repair work before Chuseok holiday. For facilities that are too old or dangerous, damage will be prevented through an in-depth safety diagnosis, ban on the use of the facilities, evacuation order, or fines.
    The SMG, autonomous districts, and external experts will partner up to form the inspection team and examine the architecture, electricity, gas, and fire systems.

    Architecture & Fire: Examination of cracks and distortion of the main structure of the building, water leaks, safety of the structure, fire evacuation routes, operation of the fire protection system, etc.

    Gas & Electricity: Check if standards are satisfied by the facilities, such as the operation of gas detector, proper maintenance of gas constant pressure chamber, gas leaks, elevator service, etc.

    Safety Maintenance: Concentrated inspection of the state of safety maintenance of the building, organizational chart of safety maintenance, and whether or not disaster response training is conducted, an evacuation plan is attached, and regular safety inspections are implemented for facilities vulnerable to disasters; check if evacuation routes are secured without illegal piling up of objects on emergency stairs or corridors