Just a heads up to something you may be seeing soon. We had a false alarm activation relative to fumigation/disinfection in a group home today. The workers had neglected to bag the smoke alarms prior to misting the product and inadvertently set them off. I had a follow up conversation with the contractor in question and informed him to reach out to the FD in the future to secure a permit so that we’re tracking the work.
527 CMR Section 10.20 Fumigation and Thermal Insecticidal Fogging states that “Any substance which by itself or in combination with any substances emits or liberates a gas, fume, or vapor used for the destruction or control of insects, fungi, vermin, germs, rats, or other pests” and then goes on further to describe permits where required per section 1.12. Section 10.20.3.8 identifies the need to protect fire protection devices through covering devices in accordance with MGL 148 §27a. So it would appear to be good practice to ask these folks to secure a permit in advance.
I informed the gentleman I spoke with to contact his colleagues and relay what I had told him, so that these companies are at the very least contacting the FD and we don’t respond to these events blindly.
I hope you’re all doing well,
John P. Lombardo