Stanstead’s fire safety inspections going well
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.