The Keller Fire Department reinstated its company fire inspections program, to help keep local business owners and customers safe, according to a news release from the city.
In an expanded inspection model, 18 KFD personnel are certified fire inspectors by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, according to a city news release, and the Fire Prevention division will conduct annual fire inspections in local businesses.
“We look at inspections as a form of public education because that is a big part of it; people simply don’t know or understand fire code and it’s our job to ensure that they do,” said Keller Fire Marshal Debra Crafton in a prepared statement. “Fire inspections are an essential component of fire prevention, so these inspections help keep the business owners and employees, and the residents of Keller, safe.”
Inspectors will address code issues and check fire protection equipment for maintenance needs and operation. The city expects the inspections will help firefighters become more familiar with the businesses — to which they may need to respond in an emergency—and vice versa.
“The purpose of fire inspections is not to write citations or reprimand; they’re meant to identify and correct any hazards,” Crafton said. “Our crews are excited about working in partnership with our business owners to continuously educate and maintain the safest commercial properties possible.”
Commercial building owners or business occupants in Keller can expect a fire department engine crew to visit their facilities about once a year. For more information about the expanded program, contact Fire Marshal Crafton at 817-743-4472 or email@example.com.