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China launches campaign to rid of fire risks in public places
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08:33, February 18, 2009

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China will launch a two-month national campaign to curb the use of flammable decoration materials in public places such as bars and Internet cafes, the Ministry of Public Security said Tuesday.

The campaign, scheduled from Feb. 20 to April 20, will mainly focus on the decoration materials in bars, Internet cafes, nightclubs, cinemas and theaters.

On Jan. 31, a fire in a Latin-style bar in Changle City, Fujian Province, killed 15 people and injured 24 when 10 young men and women at a birthday party set off fireworks at their table and ignited the flammable decoration materials in the ceiling.

These materials were made of polyurethane, a kind of material with a low ignition point and fast burning speed. It gave off heavy smoke and poisonous emissions at the same time, which was life-threatening for those trapped inside.

A similar fire in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province on Sept. 20 killed 44 and injured 64.

Source: Xinhua

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