New approach to inspections needed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI don’t understand the way the city of Schenectady handled, or failed to handle, the building at 104 Jay St. that burned down, causing several fatalities. Saratoga Springs has a different approach. I own a commercial property in Saratoga.It was built in the 1950s. Fifty-five years after it was built, the state Department of Health mandated that I, the owner, install two fire doors off the boiler room, install a check valve in the sprinkler system to prevent backflow, and install a fire alarm system. The fire alarm system was to include a control panel, backup battery, heat sensor, sprinkler flow sensor and a pull station.   I submitted a design. I coupled the fire doors into the fire alarm system, whereby alarm activation automatically closes the fire doors. The Health Department made several design comments, which were then resolved. The system was installed and operational a few months later. It’s inspected annually. Who inspects it? Not the building inspector. Every year, I’m required to hire a private firm that does such inspections.Results are available on-site and are submitted to the local government agency. The inspecting firm can resolve any issues on the spot, since they also do installations. In fact, every year, I’m required to have five separate inspections, not one of which is done by the building inspector.What is inspected and who inspects? Rooms — fire departments; boiler, fire alarm system, sprinkler system and fire extinguishers — a private firm.If you think about it, the more trained people conducting inspections, the less likely something will be missed.Dick ValeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img

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