Earlier people were satisfied with just one house, but now the competition is going on how attractively that house or flat can be decorated. Indoor decoration is going on with modern touch using false ceiling, false wall, lights, grass carpet or glass.
People who work on disaster, earthquake, fire prevention say that most of the interior decoration work is done with materials that contain flammable materials. While chasing the beauty of the house, people are not paying attention to safety. As a result, the level of risk is increasing.
After a fire broke out in a high-rise building in the capital’s elite area of Gulshan on February 19, the issue of furnishing came to the fore again. The concerned people are calling people to be aware of this in various places including seminars, discussions. They say that the less artificial wood boards, plastic sheets, outdoor floors, chemically mixed false ceilings and such materials are used, the less the risk of accidents and damage will be.
There are various furnishing materials available in the market, so that even if a fire breaks out, it will not spread quickly. People will find time to put out the fire. But those materials are expensive. Most of the people avoid these products due to ignorance thinking about the price when it comes to decorating the house. Architects, interior designers and related people say this.
Director General of Disaster Management Directorate. Mizanur Rahman said, decorating the house with false ceiling, false wall, artificial carpet, additional furniture has become a fashion or trend. In case of earthquake or fire, these furnishing materials become an additional risk factor.
Md. Mizanur Rahman said, ‘After the fire in Gulshan, I went there and thought, why is the fire burning like this? Later I realized, the decoration of the flats in the building could be a big reason for this. So I tell everyone, if you love yourself, don’t increase the risk by wasting money like this.’
Combustible materials are thought to mean chemical warehouses in different buildings of old Dhaka, but the issue of using flammable materials in a different way is now coming to the fore in the elite areas of New Dhaka.
On August 3 last year, Prothom Alo published an opinion piece by Chief Chemical Examiner of Bangladesh Police, Dilip Kumar Saha. He said that chemical products are stored illegally in flats and houses in old Dhaka. A bystander may not even guess that he is living with flammable materials. Almost every house, including markets, commercial establishments, has highly flammable materials stored in basements. In the last 12 years, more than two hundred lives have been lost in the fire of Old Dhaka.
On the other hand, Professor Syeda Sultana Razia of Chemical Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in an interview given to Prothom Alo on March 9 highlighted the issue of the use of various types of flammable materials in the field of home decoration.
Several interior designers said that beauty is more important to building or flat owners. Many people are keeping things by closing the windows and making false walls there if they don’t have a place to keep things. Many people are installing lights inside the closet to make it easier to see the clothes and look beautiful when they open the closet. Every false ceiling has numerous wires under it. And important things like electricity and gas lines are not being looked at while building or building flats.
According to data provided by the Department of Fire Services and Civil Defense, 80 percent of fire accidents are caused by electrical disturbances (accidents due to the use of substandard electrical equipment).
Mehrun Farzana, Chief Executive Architect, Archviz Limited also works as an interior designer. 8 of the world’s 10 most environmentally friendly factories are in Bangladesh. Among them, Fatullah Apparels, Plummy Fashions Ltd. and Mithela Textile Industries Ltd., which have got platinum lead certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), are being designed by this architect.