A recent fire safety audit conducted on 266 buildings along three main highways in Karachi has unveiled shocking revelations, according to a report submitted to Mayor Karachi. The audited highways include II Chandragarh Road, Shahrah Quaideen, and Shahrah Faisal.

The audit findings indicate that out of the 266 buildings, a mere 6 have dedicated firefighters. More than 200 buildings possess fire extinguishers or other firefighting equipment. However, a concerning 62% of these structures lack emergency exits, posing a significant risk in the event of a fire.

Moreover, the report highlights the substandard electrical wiring systems in 70% of the audited buildings, presenting an added hazard. Shockingly, 90% of the structures do not have fire alarms and smoke detectors. These buildings encompass both residential and commercial properties, affecting the safety of thousands of citizens who either work or reside in these spaces.

In response to the findings, the report has recommended Mayor Karachi to impose a ban on non-essential rescue agencies' entry at fire sites, citing interference with rescue operations. Additionally, the report urges Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners to provide assistance to the fire brigade at fire scenes.

The fire safety audit was initiated following a series of fire incidents in Karachi, prompting Mayor Murtaza Wahab to issue orders for a comprehensive evaluation of high-rise buildings in the city. The recent revelations underscore the critical need for immediate improvements to ensure the safety of occupants and mitigate fire-related risks in Karachi's high-rise structures.

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