A potentially deadly law flaw endangers Romanian schools

A potentially deadly law flaw endangers Romanian schools

Bucharest, November 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Irina Stoica

Only schools built after 1998 and those undergoing rehabilitation require a fire safety permit, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) announced. It’s a legislative flaw allowing older education institutions to stay open without having such a permit, ISU inspectors say. In case of buildings built before 1990, the law only stipulates that fire safety officers have the obligation to conduct annual checkups and to inform students on what they must do in case the building catches fire.

More than 23 hundred schools and 130 Universities do not have fire safety permits, although they should have obtained one. This clarifications were made in response to interim Prime Minister Sorin Cîmpeanu’s statement that only 7 per cent of the schools in Romania were issued fire safety permits, 13 hundred out of 19 thousand, that is. Safety permits have become quite a hot topic in Romania since the nightclub fire that killed 54 people.

Investigations show that the club did not respect the safety requirements such as fire extinctions or emergency exits. Now ISU inspectors are doing detailed check-ups to clubs, bars, restaurants and other public-use buildings.