For Immediate Release:
Chief Jenifer Collins-Brown advises the community and real estate professionals that Smoke and CO Detector inspections and certificates are hereby suspended given the current state of emergency across the country. Today, March 20, 2020, Governor Baker announced that fire departments may suspend Inspections relative to MGL 148 Chapter 26F and 26.5F. This law requires homes to be inspected and certified by local fire departments upon sale to another party to ensure compliance in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors prior to the sale. These inspections and certificates will be suspended until the Commonwealth of Massachusetts terminates the declared state of emergency. This effort is to limit COVID 19 spread three-fold, firefighters who may be contaminated will not have to enter private residences for inspections, and they also will not be contaminated by potential carriers in those private residences. It will also limit the hand to hand paper and money transaction. After the state of emergency is lifted at the state level, these inspection will be required to be done within 90 days of that time. Homeowners/realtors must submit in writing that they will be responsible for installing compliant detectors prior to the sale, again, these installations will be inspected within 90 days of the state of emergency being lifted. Until this order is lifted, realtors or homeowners looking to complete this process should call the Topsfield Fire Department at (978)-887-5148 and speak to staff there. They can direct you to an email address that the letter can be sent to, and resources to help you select the right type and location of smoke detector and CO for your home. Smoke and CO detector installations are dependent on the size, layout, and age of homes being sold. Once this process is completed, the fire department staff will add the name, address, and contact info for the property to a list at the station in preparation for organizing subsequent inspection and the issuing of certificates. For a guide on smoke and CO detector installations please click HERE. Chief Collins-Brown extends here sincere thanks to the community during the COVID 19 outbreak, and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. This initiative is an effort to reduce the spread of a virus and flatten the curve.