Since the beginning of 2012, 49 Kyiv residents have been killed in fire, acting chief of the State Service for Technogenic Security Kyiv department Ruslan Buhanets told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

"Since the beginning of 2012, four thousand fires have occurred in Kyiv. 82% of the total number (3224) are those that have occurred in the residential sector. Since the beginning of the year, 49 people have been killed and other 78 people have been injured and burned. Overall losses from the fires have made up more than 30 million UAH," he said.

At the same time Buhanets noted that in December this year, there has been a sharp decrease in the number of fires: 104 against 415 over the same period in last December.

The specialist also said that this improvement is caused by the preventive activities, conducted by the State Service for Technogenic Security.

In particular, he said, currently a social project called "Bother about lonely neighbor" is being conducted in Kyiv. "It is designed to protect such social groups as the elderly people living alone. With the help of volunteers and community organizations, we explain the rules of fire safety, and thus raise the awareness of these citizens," Buhanets said.

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