Detectors required by law in every UAE home



ABU DHABI // The federal fire code requires that all buildings, existing and new, have smoke or heat detectors fitted in each room and hallway - but some buildings still do not comply.

The detectors, designed to alert residents to high temperatures or smoke in a given space, are usually installed in kitchens but are just as important in other rooms, fire safety experts say.

"People need to take the time to look where they live and where they work to see if these detectors are tested," said Norm Labbe, a health, safety and environment specialist at Good Harbour Consulting. "Do they even work? Have the batteries been checked recently?"

The federal Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice, released last year, says "detectors shall be provided in all rooms, halls, storage areas, basements, attics, lofts, spaces above suspended ceilings and other subdivisions and accessible spaces".

The regulations detail specifications for the location and spacing of detectors, depending on ceiling height and room contents.

Property owners are required to install the detectors and ensure they are working or face a fine from Civil Defence.

Barry Bell, managing director of Wagner Fire Safety Management Consultants in Dubai and a fire engineer with more than 30 years' experience, said the regulations were very clear and had been in place for more than 15 years.

"Nearly every type of building is required to have smoke detectors," he said.

But experts said some structures were built before current regulations were put into place.

"In new buildings, it is better, because the landlords know to put them in now, but old buildings, that's a different story," said Kamal Saleh, a trainer and health and safety consultant at the Emirates Institute for Health and Safety.

The institute works with government agencies to provide training to residents on home safety and spread the word about regularly checking smoke detectors. Mr Saleh said only about 60 per cent of the trainees even know what the detectors were.

"Awareness is definitely an issue," he said. "It has to be a priority for property owners to hire a maintenance company that also checks the fire-alert system regularly."

Enforcement is also crucial, and regular inspections would ensure detectors and other equipment - including fire extinguishers and alarms systems - are functioning properly.

"Education and prevention are important," Mr Labbe said. "We need people visiting homes, providing information, doing inspections and checking to see if everything works."

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Attacks on Egypt’s long rooted Copts

Egypt’s Copts belong to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, with Mark the Evangelist credited with founding their church around 300 AD. Orthodox Christians account for the overwhelming majority of Christians in Egypt, with the rest mainly made up of Greek Orthodox, Catholics and Anglicans.

The community accounts for some 10 per cent of Egypt’s 100 million people, with the largest concentrations of Christians found in Cairo, Alexandria and the provinces of Minya and Assiut south of Cairo.

Egypt’s Christians have had a somewhat turbulent history in the Muslim majority Arab nation, with the community occasionally suffering outright persecution but generally living in peace with their Muslim compatriots. But radical Muslims who have first emerged in the 1970s have whipped up anti-Christian sentiments, something that has, in turn, led to an upsurge in attacks against their places of worship, church-linked facilities as well as their businesses and homes.

More recently, ISIS has vowed to go after the Christians, claiming responsibility for a series of attacks against churches packed with worshippers starting December 2016.

The discrimination many Christians complain about and the shift towards religious conservatism by many Egyptian Muslims over the last 50 years have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to migrate, starting new lives in growing communities in places as far afield as Australia, Canada and the United States.

Here is a look at major attacks against Egypt's Coptic Christians in recent years:

November 2: Masked gunmen riding pickup trucks opened fire on three buses carrying pilgrims to the remote desert monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor south of Cairo, killing 7 and wounding about 20. IS claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 26, 2017: Masked militants riding in three all-terrain cars open fire on a bus carrying pilgrims on their way to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor, killing 29 and wounding 22. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 2017: Twin attacks by suicide bombers hit churches in the coastal city of Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta. At least 43 people are killed and scores of worshippers injured in the Palm Sunday attack, which narrowly missed a ceremony presided over by Pope Tawadros II, spiritual leader of Egypt Orthodox Copts, in Alexandria's St. Mark's Cathedral. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

February 2017: Hundreds of Egyptian Christians flee their homes in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, fearing attacks by ISIS. The group's North Sinai affiliate had killed at least seven Coptic Christians in the restive peninsula in less than a month.

December 2016: A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo kills 30 people and wounds dozens during Sunday Mass in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. ISIS claimed responsibility.

July 2016: Pope Tawadros II says that since 2013 there were 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt, nearly one incident a month. A Muslim mob stabs to death a 27-year-old Coptic Christian man, Fam Khalaf, in the central city of Minya over a personal feud.

May 2016: A Muslim mob ransacks and torches seven Christian homes in Minya after rumours spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman. The elderly mother of the Christian man was stripped naked and dragged through a street by the mob.

New Year's Eve 2011: A bomb explodes in a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria as worshippers leave after a midnight mass, killing more than 20 people.

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Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates


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