22 summonses and 21 violations issued during holiday weekend action
Farmingville, NY - On August 30, Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals visited 39 “big box” stores to assure they were in compliance with Town fire codes. As a result of the inspections, the Fire Marshals issued 22 summonses for various infractions including blocked aisles and exits, and one for propane stores inside. They also issued 21 violations that did not warrant a summons and were not egress related. Each summons issued is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail.Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “A blocked aisle or exit could mean the difference between life and death during a fire or other emergency. We will not tolerate any violation of our fire codes and I commend our Fire Marshals for the important work they do to keep people safe during the holidays and throughout the year.”“Our number one priority are the shoppers and employees who expect to be safe and able to exit the store in the event of an emergency,” said Brookhaven Town Chief Fire Marshal Christopher Mehrman. “Ensuring aisle widths are maintained and exits are not blocked by merchandise are just some of the things we are looking at. The Town has a zero-tolerance approach to these violations.”If you suspect that any store or business is in violation of the Town’s fire codes, please call 631-451-TOWN (8696).
Division of Public Information * Office of the SupervisorOne Independence Hill • Farmingville • NY 11738 • Phone 631-451-6595