Safety at any cost

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We are once again reminded of just how callous and ignorant we can all be regarding matters of safety and security

It seems that, when it comes to ensuring the safety of our citizens, we continue to fail.

Once again, we find ourselves looking at the remaining ashes of not one but two major fires: A factory fire in the capital’s Gazipur on Sunday that resulted in the death of 10, and another in Rampura’s Mohanagar Project area yesterday which resulted in 28 houses being gutted.

The fact that this is not the first major fire to break out this year alone — to say nothing of the two explosions which also took place recently, one of which took the lives of six innocent children — points to just how dire the situation is when it comes to enforcing safety regulations.

This Rampura fire, which was caused by an electric short circuit, should serve as a reminder of the culture of negligence that is pervasive within not only our society, but our regulatory bodies, whose job it is to ensure that such accidents do not take place.

But more egregiously, the Gazipur fire, which took 10 lives and injured at least 15, shows just how damaging such negligence can be when it comes to human lives.

We have had all too many reminders of the dangers of this culture of carelessness with little to no change being observed in the way we function. 

This culture, which is evident in every single crevice of our nation’s ecosystem, from the way our traffic functions to our construction methods, must come to an end.

With the capital having witnessed two major fires within two days — that too at the tail end of the current year — we are once again reminded of just how callous and ignorant we can all be regarding matters of safety and security.

We must do better when it comes to safety.