Night Club Fire Safety
NIGHTCLUB FIRE SAFETY
The Miami Beach Fire Department has been working with the nightclub industry for many years to prevent a potential tragedy here. A fire or other emergency in a nightclub could result in many injuries and possibly deaths adversely impacting our cummunity in so many ways. We must continue to work together to ensure that we do not suffer the same devastating results as in other cities. We encourage you to make a commitment to fire safety by implementing the following ten (10) components as part of your safety program.
VII. Employee Training
The provided weblinks further explain these ten components. Please take a few minutes to review and study the attached documents. Our Public Education section is eager to assist you in conducting fire safety training for you and your staff.
As shown below, there have been several tragic fires in nightclubs or similar venues in the U.S. and other countries in the last 20 years. These fires have resulted in numerous casualties and costly property damage.
|Happy Land Social Club, NY USA||March 25, 1990||87 dead|
|Weierkang Club, Taiwan||February 15, 1995||64 dead|
|Ozone Disco Club, Phillipines||March 18, 1996||160 dead|
|Disco Dance Hall, Sweden||October 28, 1998||63 dead|
|Disco Dance Hall, China||December 25, 2000||309 dead|
|The Station Nightclub, RI, USA||February 20, 2003||100 dead|
|Cromagnon Club, Argentina||December 30, 2004||194 dead|
|Lame Horse Nightclub, Russia||December 4, 2009||154 dead|
|Santika Pub, Thailand||January 1, 2009||66 dead|
Although the emphasis above is fire, it is not fire alone that can cause casualties in a nightclub. Fore instance, there were 21 deaths when patrons rushed to one exit after a fight broke out inside the E2 nightclub in Chicago on February 17, 2003. The club was overcrowded and had several code violations.