Police Ask Vendors To Create Emergency Exits

Police in northern Uganda has urged developers and vendors to include emergency evacuation exits in markets they set up.

the recent fire that gutted Owino market destroyed property worth billions
the recent fire that gutted Owino market destroyed property worth billions

The call follows the Wednesday morning fire that razed the Nakivubo Park Yard market destroying merchandise belonging to at least 30, 000 vendors.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the police spokesperson for Aswa region, noted that many shops and stalls are connected to each other. In case of a fire outbreak, it will be difficult for police to fight fires and isolate it from spreading.

He added that vendors and builders should create enough space between there stalls adding that every market constructed should have emergency routes for fire brigades to pass.

Okema also urged those in the business of making meals in the markets to put their fire when they are not away to avoid more risks of fire.

The police have also urged vendors to consider insuring their merchandise either individually or as a group in order to curb losses not only through fire but in cases of other disasters.

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