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Inspection Plan Useil in Small Town
A method of inspection of the fire hazards in a small town has been very effectively used by Chief George F. Dansbury in making the inspections in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
The inspector is instructed to enter the building at the main entrance or office and inquire for some one in authority. After introducing himself, he shows his badge, states his business and asks for permission to inspect the building. Under no circumstances is he allowed to demand that he be allowed to make the inspection. Furthermore, the inspector is not allowed to enter into an argument with the person in charge of the structure. The calls are made between the hours of 9 a. m. to 12 noon and between 1 :30 to 4:30 p. m.
Should any hazards be discovered, an entry is made of the fact and reported to headquarters. The inspector is not permitted to enter into discussion concerning the findings of an inspection. Before leaving, the one making the survey is instructed to thank the person in authority for the courtesy extended in permitting an inspection to be made.
The findings are recorded on a card as illustrated and the card forwarded to the chief of the department. A notice is sent out by the chief to the property owner that the department is willing to cooperate in helping to remove or correct the hazard or any serious condition that may exist.
If the property owner shows no inclination to correct the defect within the time allowed, a second notice is sent—the latter notice is final. After three days receipt of the final notice, if the hazards arc not corrected, a report is sent to the state fire marshal or the department cleans up the defect.
The department oils, flushes and inspects all the fire hydrants at least once a month and keeps the hydrants free from ice during the winter months. All minor repairs are attended to by the fire department and the major repairs are made by the water department.