It is necessary to use reserves of all government agencies in order to enhance the safe environment for life activity of the population. The education component should be improved among other things. State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas made the relevant statement at a seminar held in Gomel to discuss ways to prevent law violations conducive to the loss of life due to external causes, BelTA has learned.
Some serious work has been done in Belarus in this area in the last few years. A smooth operating system was established. The relevant legal base is available. Efforts are also poured into prevention work. “There are positive results. We can be proud of them. The number of victims of external causes is on the decline. The standards we've reached look very decent. At the same time the number of fires increased by 15% in 2018. The fires left 517 people dead. We are talking about people's lives behind these percentages and figures. This is why we have to analyze bottlenecks and determine ways to move forward,” the official said.
In his words, teaching people how to stay safe from a young age should be one of the key areas in this work. It is also necessary to more actively use regional safety centers established by the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry. Building more of them may be considered. “It is necessary to think about and introduce new forms of this work,” he specified. A new initiative has been implemented upon instructions of the head of state this year – a Safety Awareness Day – which may become a good and useful tradition from the point of view of prevention work.
The state secretary of the Security Council of Belarus invited participants of the seminar to speak up about various matters, including interaction with the energy industry system, the utilities industry, the Emergencies Ministry, and other services and agencies concerned. He stressed it is necessary to proceed from the existing reality. It is necessary to know how to work in new conditions and taking into account people's needs. Gomel Oblast's experience in this area will be examined as well.