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Separate new fire safety standards will come into force in September 2017

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Since September 2017, several clauses of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 238 “Fire Safety Rules” come into force, providing for significant changes and responsibility at public facilities and economic activities. These changes are obligatory for the responsible persons of public facilities, managers and legal entities that carry out economic activities at the facilities.

The most significant change in the rules stipulates that in rooms where gas appliances with a power of more than 50 kV are used, detectors must be installed to signal gas leaks. This rule, regardless of the power of the device, must be observed even if the gas device is located in the basement of a building or in the basement. Gas leak detectors can promptly detect gas leaks in both liquid and natural state of aggregation, when the gas is lighter than air and accumulates under the ceiling of the room. Since the release of propane, methane and butane is highly explosive, this regulation contributes to increased safety in public facilities. In the event of a gas leak, people should call the gas emergency service on 114. When choosing the most suitable gas detector, the person in charge should ensure that the corresponding device is CE marked and note for which gas (propane or butane) it is provided. If there is any doubt that the selected device complies with the requirements of the regulations, or there is insufficient information on how to properly install the detector, it is advisable for the person in charge to consult a qualified specialist.

Also, the rules stipulate that by September 1 of this year, responsible persons at the facilities must introduce changes and additions to the fire safety instructions in accordance with the requirements of the rules of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 238 “Fire Safety Rules”. The right to develop fire safety instructions, conduct fire safety briefing, practical exercises, check fire hydrants and internal water supply for fire extinguishing belongs to a person who has received education in fire safety or has received training in the field of extinguishing fires.

In addition, from September 1 of this year, the requirement will come into force, simultaneously with the resistance checks of electrical installations, to check the contact connections of electrical installations using a heat chamber. Measurements must be carried out together with checks of the electrical installation, and an act must be drawn up based on the results of the check.