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Whether Hotels Ignore Firefighting Systems to Avoid Taking Extra Costs

The recent tragedy in Batumi has proved that some real estate owners care less for human life. People turned out unprotected even in a 5-star hotel. Reasons may be found in legislative gaps. If a building cannot satisfy firefighting system standards, the legislation fines the lawbreaker by only 300 GEL. To prevent similar tragedies, specialists demand to tighten the legislation and its enforcement control mechanisms.

A total of 14 persons died at hotel conflagrations in Georgia over the past 2 years. On May 10, 2015, in Kobuleti, fire broke out at Armazi hotel. As a result, 3 adolescents died, members of Rustavi dance ensemble. In several months after this tragedy, on July 23, 2015, under the government’s resolution N370, firefighting safety technical regulations  were approved and various facilities, including hotels, hospitals, storehouses, refueling stations and other ones are obliged to satisfy these regulations.

However, despite heavy experience, nobody cares for further tightening of firefighting norms and legislation. Moreover, it is also questionable whether facilities fulfill the current norms. According to specialists, the fact is that buildings, including major and expensive hotels are put into exploitation without scrupulous examination. Two years ago, 3 persons died, while this year on November 24, eleven persons died at LeoGrand hotel. We have regulations, but the tragedy scales have broadened.

The recent tragedy in Batumi has proved that some real estate owners care less for human life. People turned out unprotected even in a 5-star hotel. Reasons may be found in legislative gaps. If a building cannot satisfy firefighting system standards, the legislation fines the lawbreaker by only 300 GEL. To prevent similar tragedies, specialists demand to tighten the legislation and its enforcement control mechanisms.

A total of 14 persons died at hotel conflagrations in Georgia over the past 2 years. On May 10, 2015, in Kobuleti, fire broke out at Armazi hotel. As a result, 3 adolescents died, members of Rustavi dance ensemble. In several months after this tragedy, on July 23, 2015, under the government’s resolution N370, firefighting safety technical regulations  were approved and various facilities, including hotels, hospitals, storehouses, refueling stations and other ones are obliged to satisfy these regulations.

However, despite heavy experience, nobody cares for further tightening of firefighting norms and legislation. Moreover, it is also questionable whether facilities fulfill the current norms. According to specialists, the fact is that buildings, including major and expensive hotels are put into exploitation without scrupulous examination. Two years ago, 3 persons died, while this year on November 24, eleven persons died at LeoGrand hotel. We have regulations, but the tragedy scales have broadened.