No Go for Capsule Hotel Due to Safety
    2011-02-25 19:06:54     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yu
 

China's first capsule hotel will not likely open for business after the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau refused to grant it a license for failing to meet fire-safety standards, Eastday.com reports.

First introduced in Japan, capsule hotels allow budget travelers to rent beds in a morgue-like row of rooms. The Shanghai capsule hotel is only 300-square-meters and has 68 guest capsules. It is the first such hotel in China, according to the report.

Ta Zan, the hotel's owner, said without a license from the Fire Control Bureau, he could not open for business.

"We have equipped the hotel with smoke detectors, emergency lights, fire hydrants, and fire extinguishers," Ta said. "The curtains between each capsule are made of fireproof materials, and we have done tests that indicate it would take one minute for them to catch on fire."

Although Ta said the capsules were made of fireproof materials, the latest fire inspection found they were actually made of fiber-reinforced plastics, a flammable material that burns quickly.

Moreover, the extremely high density of people expected to be staying in the 300-square-meter hotel would make it difficult for firefighters to carry out rescue operations and evacuate people if a fire occurred, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency.

Ta said he was disappointed about the denial of a license, but added he would not give up the idea of opening capsule hotels in China. He also said he planned to make the required changes, according to the report.

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