Saeima strengthens building fire safety regulations

In a final reading on Thursday, March 2, the Saeima supported an amendment to the Law on Fire Safety and Firefighting, which provides for the possibility of suspending the operation of a building if a fire safety inspection is not provided three times. 

The law provides for the right for an official of the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD), when conducting state fire safety supervision, to make a decision to suspend the operation of a building, its part or a building object without prior notice, if the person responsible for fire safety in the object has failed to perform a planned or unplanned fire safety inspection three times. 

Currently, officials with special service ranks perform planned and unplanned fire safety inspections within the framework of state fire safety supervision. Planned fire safety inspections are carried out in accordance with the fire safety inspection plan approved by VUGD, and unplanned ones - based on a written decision of VUGD. 

In practice, there are cases when the State Fire and Rescue Service cannot enter premses or is not allowed into a facility in order to conduct fire safety inspections, even in cases where the person responsible for fire safety at the facility has been informed about the inspection several times. Failure to monitor fire safety can lead to tragic consequences, note the annotations to the bill.

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