January 25, 2013
BOSTON —Mayor Thomas Menino has instructed Boston Inspectional Services to operate 24 hours a day until this cold spell abates."We've been throughout Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park," the ISD's Lisa Timberlake told NewsCenter 5.
"In this bitter cold, the furnaces are working double-time or overtime."
And many of the heating systems can break down under that duress. Timberlake was at one Roxbury home that's had limited heat since November.
The inspector, after visiting the unit, called on the landlord to fix the problem, or be taken to court.
Yes, it's so cold outside, Kerivan Oil in Needham couldn't pump the oil into delivery trucks Thursday -- their valves had frozen.
They had to use space heaters and insulation to thaw that equipment, or their customers couldn't get oil to heat their homes.
Boston EMS is also on high alert for cold-related issues. They've called on extra staff for all shifts, and activated additional ambulances, as well.
"We've asked our crews between calls to basically patrol around the district, rather than return to quarters," said Chief Jim Hooley.
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