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Checks on New Taipei entertainment venues raise safety concerns

2017/12/14 21:56

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Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Over half the entertainment venues inspected by the Consumer Ombudsmen in New Taipei City failed safety checks, according to the city government Thursday.

Huang Yi-teng (黃怡騰), head of New Taipei Department of Legal Affairs, said the city's Public Works Department and Fire Department accompanied by the Consumer Ombudsmen inspected movie theaters and karaoke establishments, also known as KTVs, in the city.

The checks focused on fire and building safety measures and facilities for disabled patrons, said Huang.

A total of six movie theaters were inspected, including Vie Show Cinemas Banciao Mega City, Banqiao Showtime Cinemas, Sanchong's T-Movies Cinema, Xinzhuang's Filmmate Cinema, Linkou's Ambassador Theatres and Vie Show Cinemas Linkou Mitsui Outlet Park, said Huang.

Five KTVs were selected, including Banqiao's New CB Party, Banqiao's Cashbox Partyworld, Tucheng Holiday KTV, Zhonghe Holiday KTV and Yonghe Holiday KTV, added Huang.

Of the 11 establishments, six failed safety checks for a range of reasons, including faults with smoke ventilation switches, corridors being used to stack items, safety doors that didn't close properly or were locked and KTV room emergency entries and exits being unaccessible, said Huang.

After reviews, the establishments have since passed fire and building safety checks by the Consumer Ombudsmen.

Consumers should also be aware of any signs forbidding patrons taking food purchased outside into the movie theater and pay attention to film ratings to ensure the movies is suitable for younger customers, said Huang.

KTV patrons should also be aware of the fees and charges at the establishment as well as the location of fire escape and safety notices to avoid consumer disputes and public safety hazards, said Huang.

(By Wang Hung-kuo and William Yen) Enditem/AW