The Hanoi Fire Department has inspected fire-prevention activities at some markets, residential areas and industrial zones in Hanoi and discovered alarming things.
In many residential areas, many families are living in small rooms and have cookers placed near household appliances and flammable materials like paper. Many families use gas cookers and coal cookers incorrectly.
In old quarters and old apartment blocks, electric wires stretch out like cobwebs. Meanwhile, statistics show that up to half of the fires in Hanoi are caused by electricity.
At old apartment blocks, the threat of fire is very high. These apartment blocks were built in the 1980s-1990s with only one stairwell per block; there are no emergency staircases like in modern apartment blocks.
In markets, the density of kiosks and the volume of goods are very great, with many flammable products like clothes, garments, etc. Most traders have a small altar in their kiosk where they burn incense frequently.
The risk at industrial zones is also high, because most electrical systems are overloaded. Some companies expand their factories and knowingly violate rules on fire prevention. Many enterprises use fire in production, while the fire-prevention awareness of workers is very poor.