Seven department stores in Taipei fail safety check


TAIPEI–The Taipei City Government released results from spot safety checks undertaken at 24 malls yesterday that showed seven department stores had failed to meet requirements, with some being fined.

Yeh Ching-yuan, director of the city’s Law and Regulation Commission, said regular inspections during the sales season were designed to protect the public’s safety by checking if retailers were stacking up items in corridors or stairwells, for example. Such obstacles would be serious safety hazards if a fire broke out. SOGO Department Store’s Tianmu branch, Miramar, and A.mart’s Jingmei branch were each fined NT$120,000 (US$3,970). after items were discovered in stairwells or by fire escapes.