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Kap Fire Chief concerned about low home inspection numbers

Kapuskasing’s Fire Chief is not happy with the results of its low risk inspection program. Pat Kennedy says just over 34 per cent of homeowners allowed firefighters in to complete the inspection, and notes that number needs to be higher at about 80 per cent.

“Took three years, mind you COVID didn’t help, probably four years now to properly do the whole town,” he said. “So basically what we are trying to do now is this campaign of the results will refresh and remind people to get these inspections done. That’s what we’re really hoping for right now.”

He adds that he doesn’t want to start writing tickets and fining homeowners for those who either refused an inspection or didn’t reschedule an appointment.

“We do not want to take an enforcement stance on this, it’s basically for education and to insure people are safe in their home,” he said. “But what might happen is if people aren’t following up with our outreach to offer our services they could be subject to fines if we do have an intervention in their homes.”

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It’s a $360 fine for each alarm that is not working or not in its proper location.

Kennedy says the location of working alarms are checked by firefighters during an inspection. Escape plans in a home will also be discussed with family members.

The Fire Department has sold or donated 1,019 combination smoke and CO alarms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Fire Department.

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