Emergencies ministry finds 11,000 fire safety violations in Russia's hospitals this year

Emergencies ministry finds 11,000 fire safety violations in Russia's hospitals this year

The Russian emergencies ministry’s fire safety inspectors carried out about 1,000 checks in Russian hospitals since the start of the year, finding about 11,000 violations there, the ministry’s press service said.

"This year, the Russian emergencies ministry’s inspectors carried out about 1,000 fire safety inspections of in facilities of the above-mentioned category, during which over 11,000 fire safety violations have been found," the ministry said, responding to a request from TASS.

The most widespread violations are blocked fire evacuation routes and faulty automatic fire-fighting systems and power grids.

"For failure to timely comply with the legitimate demands of ensuring fire safety, more than 190 cases of administrative violations have been sent to courts, and nine documents to put the use of these facilities on hold," the ministry said, without elaborating on what rulings were passed by judges.

Besides, administrative measures were taken against over 160 legal entities and almost 240 hospital officials.

In the first half of 2020, 39 fires took place in Russian hospitals, in which two people died.

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