Hong Kong needs 'Good Samaritan' law and mandatory smoke detectors

As is the case with all of China, I am deeply saddened by the circumstances around the death of the toddler Wang Yue in Foshan.

Monday, 7 November, 2011, 12:00am

At the fire station

Lizzie is a fire safety officer at her local fire station. Her boss, the chief fire officer, has asked her to write a new set of fire safety rules in clear, simple English. What Lizzie writes will be published in a fire safety leaflet for the general public, so it must be easy to understand.

Key words

2 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

playing safe

Shocked by the 2000 Childers hostel fire in Queensland, Australia - in which 15 backpackers died after staff had dismantled a fire-detection system - veteran travellers Dave Potter and Robert Carmichael realised the need for a personal safety device to protect independent travellers.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Most wanted

Your husband says he will be late home because of work; your girlfriend claims she couldn't be contacted all day because she was helping a suicidal friend. Are you tired of listening to excuses and being unsure whether or not to believe them? A new gadget called Truster may help.

27 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Trucks to get smoke tests

SUPER-SENSITIVE smoke detectors used successfully to test air pollution from light vehicles will be extended to trucks weighing more than 5.5 tonnes. A three-month pilot scheme will be launched tomorrow following decisions to make such tests standard for light cars by the middle of next year.

15 Nov 1998 - 12:00am


MAINLAND courts are likely to treat lie detector findings as admissible evidence following successful trials.

It comes after the Kunming Intermediate People's Court in Yunnan referred to polygraph results in a murder case and a business dispute.

12 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

False alarms up as elderly ignore rules

Unexpected guests keep dropping in for dinner with senior citizens - firemen summoned by over-sensitive smoke detectors.

The Fire Services Department is reviewing the use of the detectors, which have been fitted in Housing Department homes for 4,500 senior citizens and are connected directly to fire stations.

28 May 1997 - 12:00am

'Tampering' on smoke alarms

Attempts were made to disable two smoke detectors in the Garley Building's Chinese Arts and Crafts store a week before the fatal inferno, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Chan Kam-hung, who worked in the shop's furniture department, said plastic bags had been wrapped around the detectors in the second-floor lift lobby where the fire, which killed 40 people, broke out in November.

7 Mar 1997 - 12:00am