Russia bans smoking on apartment balconies
The Russian emergencies ministry announced that smoking on the balconies of apartment blocks would be banned under new fire regulations.
Under the new rules, “open fire” is prohibited on apartment balconies, as well as in the living areas of dormitories and hotels.
Lighting matches and smoking are both classed as open fire, officials say.
Barbecuing kebabs and lighting candles will also be banned, reports say.
Breaking the new fire safety rules could prompt a fine of up to 3,000 roubles (€42), while leaving a lighted cigarette that causes a fire could prompt criminal charges.