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Fewer fire inspections needed for Kelowna buildings

June 24, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Routine fire inspections for some Kelowna buildings and institutions may soon become less frequent. 

Night clubs, cafes, and hospitals are just some establishments that could see fewer inspections for fire safety.

Kelowna's fire department is proposing a building's risk and compliancy should determine the frequency of inspections, not just its occupancy classification.

This would require a change in the fire department's inspection protocol:

-  night clubs would be inspected twice a year instead of four times a year

-  coffee shops and delis would be inspected once a year instead of twice a year

-  group homes, rest homes and hospitals would be inspected twice instead of three times a year

The proposed changes are expected to allow the fire department more time for tackling issues with non-compliant buildings, helping to reduce their fire risk.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.


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