Fire Marshal Closes Daycare in Brookhaven, Georgia, for Safety Violations
BROOKHAVEN, GA. – According to a news report posted online at patch.com, the fire marshal’s office closed a Brookhaven, Georgia, daycare because of several safety violations. The violations included things like blocked exits and entryways and a lack of appropriate measures to prevent and address fires.*
The Brookhaven Fire Marshal closed down the Precious Moments Nursery, a daycare on Clairmont Road in Brookhaven, on May 8. The closure had to do with the daycare’s lack of fire sprinklers and fire barriers in between its floors, along with the daycare’s blocked exits and entries. The office said the daycare had also filed false paperwork.
“They were never issued a certificate of occupancy, yet they filed a forged document with the state of Georgia,” said Fire Marshal Joe Burge. “The Georgia Department of Early Care called us to inquire about their paperwork, which is how we were alerted to the problem.”
Patch reports that 15 children were at the daycare when it was shut down, most of whom were under the age of 18 months. The office issued the daycare a citation and an order to cease operations.
“This was a collaborative effort between several departments, including Building Inspections, Code Enforcement, and Community Development,” Burge said. “Working together, we were able to keep these toddlers out of harm’s way.”
Brookhaven’s City Manager, Christian Sigman, said that the daycare did not have an occupancy permit because it was an unsafe building for childcare.
“It is unconscionable that a business would put babies at risk without proper fire safety precautions in place,” Sigman said. “The reason Brookhaven did not issue a CO for this building is because it did not meet the bare minimum requirements of safety.”
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