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The Saskatoon Fire Department issues commands to fix the Lighthouse’s safety issues

Orders are issued by the Saskatoon Fire Department to address safety concerns at the Lighthouse

Key Takeaways:

  • The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) has decided not to close the Lighthouse after inspections revealed several flaws.
  • According to the department, the fire department has regularly inspected the downtown Saskatoon facility since April 2021.
  • Following two inspections, the fire department issued 14 tickets for Fire Safety Act violations, one in December 2021 and the other this January.

After inspections revealed several flaws, the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) has decided not to close the Lighthouse.

According to Assistant Chief Yvonne Raymer, these issues must be addressed to improve the facility’s living and working conditions.

However, she did point out that the risks in the building are lower than the risk of displacing the current occupants.

She stated that the department’s priority at the facility is community safety.

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“We want to make sure that all life safety measures are in place so that any concerns or flaws can be quickly addressed,” Raymer said in a statement released Friday.

“We don’t want the problems to get worse, as we’ve seen elsewhere, so we’re keeping a close eye on the Lighthouse and staying on top of inspections.”

According to the department, since April 2021, the fire department has been conducting a regular inspection at the downtown Saskatoon facility.

Electrical, sprinklers, fire alarm system, lack of records, failing to maintain means of egress, and failing to maintain fire separations were among the 42 Fire Safety Act violations discovered by inspectors.

The fire department issued 14 tickets for Fire Safety Act violations following 2 inspections; one was in December 2021 and the other this January.

Another ticket for junk and garbage was issued under the city’s Property Maintenance Nuisance Abatement Bylaw.

The Lighthouse, according to a spokesperson, is working at a critical pace to complete the repairs identified by the fire department.

“These repairs are taking place as The Lighthouse juggles supporting people through extended periods of extreme weather while also dealing with a COVID outbreak that is causing staffing shortages and also supplies chain delays,” the spokesperson explained.

“While we work on the repairs, we will continue to serve our city’s most vulnerable residents.”

According to the spokesperson, no additional information will be provided.

The most recent inspection, on Jan. 4, revealed several issues, including the removal of 2 sinks from a bathroom adjacent to the dining area, according to Raymer. Due to COVID-19, the bathroom has been transformed into a makeshift shelter.

Orders are issued by the Saskatoon Fire Department to address safety concerns at the Lighthouse
Orders are issued by the Saskatoon Fire Department to address safety concerns at the Lighthouse. Image from CBC

A broken water heater and small water and sewer back up in the service room with subtle staining around the drain were other flaws.

According to the fire department, the water heater has been repaired since the inspection, and all other suites and bathrooms have hot water showers and sinks.

According to the fire department, the other flaws discovered on Jan. 4 are minor and can be fixed by a plumber.

The fire department has issued orders to correct the numerous infractions, according to Raymer, giving the Lighthouse until the end of January to address the identified hazards.

If the repairs are not finished by the end of the month, the fire department stated it would contract the work and bill the Lighthouse.

The SFD stated that it is willing to discuss payment terms with the Lighthouse if required.

“We are not informed of the Lighthouse’s current financial situation, but we believe the repairs needed to finish the orders are minor,” Raymer said.

“However, if the Lighthouse needs assistance with these repairs, we would encourage them to contact the Saskatoon Fire Department to debate their options.”

Source: Global news

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