Stanstead’s fire safety in­spec­tions go­ing well

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Stanstead Fire Depart­ment has car­ried out well over one hun­dred fire safety vis­its in homes around Stanstead, in the last year, and have about one hun­dred and fifty left to do. Fire in­spec­tors check three main things dur­ing a visit: that the civic ad­dress is vis­i­ble from the road; that there is a work­ing smoke de­tec­tor on each floor; and that there is a work­ing car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor if the home is heated with wood, wood pel­lets, oil or propane gas, or if a

garage is at­tached to the res­i­dence.

“We’re al­ways dressed in our cov­er­alls and we prop­erly iden­tify our­selves, and we ar­rive in a fire ve­hi­cle that we park out front,” ex­plained Stanstead Fire Chief Chris Good­sell. “In the next one and a half months be­fore win­ter we’ll be do­ing as many home vis­its as we can. The vis­its are very time con­sum­ing for the depart­ment, but an im­por­tant as­pect of the job,” said Mr. Good­sell. Res­i­dents should feel free to ask those fire­men who visit their homes any fire or safety re­lated ques­tions.

“Be­tween 70 and 75% of the homes have some­thing that needs to be worked on, but it’s noth­ing to be ashamed of. That’s why we’re do­ing the vis­its, to re­duce the chances of some­thing bad hap­pen­ing. We’re very well-re­ceived when we do the vis­its and that shows there’s trust be­tween the pop­u­la­tion and the depart­ment,” added the Fire Chief.

With the win­ter sea­son com­ing up, Mr. Good­sell also wanted to re­mind the pub­lic to have their chim­neys cleaned and to be care­ful on the roads once the ice and snow ar­rive. “We also re­spond to car ac­ci­dents and we hope that peo­ple stay safe and we don’t have to bring out the ‘jaws of life’.”

The fire that broke out in an aban­doned house on Smith Street last month is con­sid­ered sus­pi­cious and is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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