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S. Korea's fire services urge proper use of fire evacuation facilities Updated: 2020-02-24 16:05:42 KST

Apartment blocks built in Korea after the year 2005 are required to have evacuation facilities.
This lightweight partition even allows residents to escape into next door if necessary.
And since the drywall is thin, anyone can break it without too much difficulty.
Evacuation spaces with fire doors, such as these, can be used to buy time until rescuers arrive.
Recently, there has been a rise in the number of evacuation ladders that allow residents to escape.
And while these facilities can be helpful in emergency situations, many residents tend to use them for storage, blocking the emergency partitions.

"Since the illegal renovations of these facilities are not subject to punishment under the current law, it's important for residents to have safety awareness."

Since emergency situations happen without prior notice, …checking for shelters and learning how to evacuate in advance could help save lives.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.
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