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Failure to maintain restaurant life safety equipment over cooking appliances leads to charges

June 14, 2018 9:08 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) charged the business owners of Joey’s Only Seafood Restaurant in Red Deer located at 5431 43 Street, for failing to maintain life safety equipment that included fire protection system over commercial cooking equipment.

Business owner Mr. Sabharwal was additionally charged for making a false or misleading statement in writing by dating and initializing the fire suppression system, portable extinguishers, and kitchen exhaust cleaning service tags, with the intent to avoid regular maintenance on life safety equipment.

The Owners entered into a guilty plea with a settlement in court resulting in a fine of $5000.00
The maximum fine under the Safety Codes Act is $100,000 for each offense and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

The Alberta Fire Code regulates the use and maintenance of life safety equipment to protect property and persons. RDES Fire Prevention Bureau encourages restaurant business owners to review their practices for the regular maintenance of safety equipment to ensure they are compliant to ensure the safety of workers, the building, and fire fighters in the event of an incident.

Business owners are invited to contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at prevention@reddeer.ca to discuss their operations to ensure compliance.

 

For more information, please contact:

Wes Van Bavel                                                                               
Fire Marshal                                                
Emergency Services                      
The City of Red Deer                                             
403-356-2457                                               

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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