SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 10, 2018 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government has supplied firefighting equipment for vulnerable social groups who have difficulties installing the equipment by themselves, including recipients of the basic livelihood security program or the elderly who are physically challenged. The installation of 3,651 fire extinguishers and 3,430 self-contained fire detectors was offered free of charge to 3,651 households.
The Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Headquarters has been offering the free installation of firefighting equipment for the social groups who are prone to fire since 2010, planning to provide a 100% coverage rate by 2022 for the 132,000 households that are not yet equipped with the installation.
Starting from next year, 3.4 billion won will be invested for 4 consecutive years to provide the installation to 4,000 households by 2019, and from 2020 it will be extended to 43,000 households each year. Plans to collaborate with social contribution projects of companies will also be promoted.
Fire accidents have been constantly the cause of deaths in residential buildings including detached houses, and although it is a legal responsibility to install firefighting equipment in detached houses, multi-family houses and row houses, only approximately 37.01% out of the 1.98 million households subject to installation are currently equipped with fire protection devices.
According to a recent statistical analysis on fire fatalities over the past three years, residential buildings, including detached houses, were the leading specific location where fire fatalities occurred, at 25 out of 27 deaths (92.5%) in 2015, 30 out of 40 deaths (75%) in 2016 and 22 out of 37 deaths (59%) in 2017.
The Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Headquarters has been offering free firefighting equipment to 152,000 households that are recipients of the basic livelihood security program and 75,000 potential welfare recipients among those subject to installation, and about half of the households are now finished being equipped, which accounts for 41.8% of these groups.