Deadly Brazil nightclub fire reminiscent of 2003 Station nightclub fire and others

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The Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston was the deadliest nightclub fire in world. Over 400 peoplel died in 1942.

News accounts are reporting that more than 200 people have died
in an early morning fire in a nightclub in southern Brazil.  According to CNN, at least 245 people were
killed in the Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria.

[NFPA provides a number of resources and information on this topic on its website. | http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=633&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Occupancies/Nightclubs/assembly%20occupancies]

News reports are
comparing the Kiss nightclub fire to the 2003 fire
at The Station nightclub in W. Warwick, RI, on February 20, 2003 that claimed
100 lives. Prior to the Kiss nightclub, the Station Nightclub was the fourth-deadliest public assembly and nightclub fire in U.S.
. Five of these fires were in nightclubs. Since that
fire, NFPA has enacted tough new code provisions for fire sprinklers and
crowd management in nightclub-type venues. Those provisions mark sweeping
changes to the codes and standards governing safety in assembly occupancies.

public assembly and nightclub fires


NFPA also offers safety tips for the public when in an assembly occupancy.

you enter

Take a good look. Does the building appear to be in      a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and      does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of      materials stored against the building or blocking exits?

    1. *Have a communication plan

      *Identify a
      relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated
      from family or friends.

    2. *Plan a meeting place

      *Pick a meeting
      place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the
      function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.

When you enter

    1. *Locate exits immediately

      *When you enter a
      building you should look for all available exits. Some exits may be in
      front and some in back of you. Be prepared to use your closest exit. You
      may not be able to use the main exit.

    2. *Check for clear exit paths

      *Make sure aisles
      are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make
      sure your exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least
      two exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management
      and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local
      fire marshal to register a complaint.

    3. *Do you feel safe?

      *Does the
      building appear to be overcrowded? Are there fire sources such as candles
      burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources
      that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as
      alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke alarms? Ask the management for
      clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel safe in the building,
      leave immediately.


During an emergency

    1. *React immediately

      *If an alarm
      sounds, you see smoke or fire, or other unusual disturbance immediately
      exit the building in an orderly fashion.

    2. *Get out, stay out!

      *Once you have
      escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a
      burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.