Any good fire prevention expert will tell you the best way to prevent fire related deaths is not to let The Beast form in the first place. And nothing is better at accomplishing that then a sprinkler system.
Number two on the list is an early warning system that allows notification to residents to get out of the structure as quickly as possible i.e. smoke or heat detectors as well as simultaneously sending notification to a professional alarm monitoring company.
But those detectors are worthless if they have been purposely disabled or simply not maintained properly, like changing the battery every year.
Take 11 Phillips Street -- and I wish somebody with eminent domain powers would take that entire street -- for instance: In Eastern Hampshire District Court last week Fire Prevention Officer Mike Roy won yet another "disabling a smoke detector" case.
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While an $800 fine may seem steep for Mr. Weiner had AFD pressed to keep the mater criminal he would could have served up to two years in jail because the charge is a felony.
Instead, in a Clerk Magistrate Hearing, he was found "responsible" but as long as he abides by the four conditions the matter will be dismissed in November.
Terms of settlement written up by his lawyer
And since he is one of only four who supposedly lives at 11 Phillips (but notice he identified himself as a "Fraternity Vice President ... hmmm) and rent is a whopping $4,800 per month, I think he -- or his Fraternity -- can well afford the fine.
Beats being dead.
APD Community Liaison officer Bill Laramee (left) and absentee property owner Stephan Gharabegian this morning at 45 Phillips Street after first meeting at 11 Phillips Street
AFD Fire Prevention Officer Mike Roy files complaint with Eastern Hampshire District Court on 4/26