Fire Department Warns Against Fake Fire Safety Inspectors
Brampton Fire and Emergency Services reported that two men dressed in civilian clothing went door-to-door earlier this week claiming to be fire safety inspectors.
Deputy Chief Peter Gatto told inbrampton.com that on the night of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the men posed as safety inspectors and were allegedly carrying a bag of smoke alarms.
Neither carried ID badges or were in uniform.
According to Gatto, the men went to two houses in the area of Bovaird and McLaughlin claiming to be inspectors and were turned away at the door both times.
“That was the right thing to do,” said Gatto.
The residents informed the fire department, who in turn notified the police.
“We think it’s a very isolated case,” said Gatto.
“Do not let people into your home who claim to be representing Brampton Fire,” warned the fire department via their Twitter account (@BramptonFireES) on Tuesday.
Gatto also said that there are three factors to keep in mind if real fire safety inspectors are knocking on residents’ doors to check their smoke alarms.
First, inspectors will always come in uniform. Second, they will always carry ID badges. And third, the fire department will always leave paper door hangers on resident doorknobs to say that they’ll be coming to inspect.