Para di na maligaw palabas: Davao City eyes glow-in-the-dark exit signs in buildings

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To prevent deaths in fires such as the one that razed the NCCC mall last December, the Davao City council is mulling requiring buildings and establishments to use glow-in-the-dark exit signs.

City Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta proposed an ordinance requiring establishments to install such photo-luminescent paint in areas leading to all available emergency exits.

Acosta made her proposal in a privilege speech during the city council’s regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 9 (http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/mandatory-glow-in-the-dark-exit-signs-in-buildings-proposed/).

“The installation of glow-in-the-dark paint would save valuable seconds for people unsure of where the nearest possible exit is and guide them toward safety without having to fumble around in the dark,” she said.

“While we await the report of the Bureau of Fire, we as legislators and as representatives of the people of Davao City can introduce practical measures that may save precious lives,” she added.

She said the photo-luminescent signs may be painted in areas leading to stairwells, pathways and all emergency exits to guide people especially when power goes out.

Besides, she said the use of such paint does not use electricity and needs minimal maintenance.

It is also longer lasting, and can illuminate a wider area than regular emergency lights, she added.

The proposed measure is scheduled for committee hearings.

Last December, a fire hit the NCCC mall and killed nearly 40 people – including 37 call center employees believed trapped at the fourth level of the mall.