Specialists of the Ministry for Emergency Situations together with Prosecutor’s Office have run fire safety checks at more than 8.5 thousand buildings holding large numbers of people and places for shopping. This is 50% of all the buildings planned to be checked (more than 14.5 thousand).
The list of buildings being checked includes shopping centers, museums, galleries, libraries, shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, exhibition and sports centers, concert halls. Other public facilities that can hold more than 50 people at once and premises of over 50 square meters in area are also being checked.
The most common violations revealed during the checks were lack of smoke removal systems, automated systems that turn on warning and turn off general ventilation, sound and light announcers, blocked fire escapes, lack of roads for fire engines, combustive materials, expired fire extinguishers and many others.
The checks also revealed that at more than 2 thousand buildings the staff don’t know fire safety measures, while at 1.5 thousand buildings the materials used to build them and fire escapes do not meet requirements.
More than 7 thousand safety meetings were held with heads of those buildings. Some 8 thousand evacuation drills were run and more than 11 thousand briefings were held with the staff.
As a shopping center is a sum of rooms of different purpose, in accordance with the Technical Regulations and due to the lack of fire safety requirements for those rooms as a single volume of a shopping center, it is necessary to work out special technical conditions, which are not complied with in most cases.
All the public buildings are going to be checked by the end of April.