Some local Red Deer businesses passed the test during random safety inspections this past weekend.

On Friday, October 19th, the Public Safety and Compliance team inspected 10 random bars and restaurants for everything from food storage, health and safety codes, to liquor sales and consumption.

Fire Marshal for the city of Red Deer Wes Van Bavel, said with the CFR in town most businesses were busier than normal, however only minor violations were noted.

“In light of the CFR, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, going on that weekend businesses were busy. They had some extra activities going on whether that be bands or different entertainment at the pubs or night clubs, so there was increased occupant loads, but everyone was compliant.”

Van Bavel who says that these random checks are meant for safety reasons.

“It’s nice to see that overall, people are complying with the different legislations that they need to adhere to, and the whole intent is safety. We want to make sure the building is safe for the workers that are in there, the occupants, and from our perspective, the firefighters that may have to enter if there is an emergency in those buildings.”

The team does random checks at businesses throughout the year and could be stopping in at any time, and is comprised of health officials, safety officials, as well as representatives from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

Van Bavel thanks the public for their cooperation and is proud of their results, and says they will continue to make random appearances, but he's optimistic about how the city's businesses have done so far.

Click here to see the City of Red Deer’s official release about their Public Safety Compliance Team.

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