- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - More than 6,000 Houston businesses will be checked for hazardous chemicals as city officials seek updated information to assist firefighters.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2d3JP1K ) reports the review comes after the newspaper’s investigation that raised concerns about location of dangerous chemicals.

City officials said Wednesday that a lack of information about where hazardous chemicals are located has put firefighters and residents in unnecessary danger.

Thousands of businesses will receive letters advising that members of the Houston Fire Department will be doing site visits, to inventory chemicals. Mayor Sylvester Turner said he expects to have a broader action plan within 45 days.

Turner says he’d also like speedier data entry to give firefighters better online access to the chemical inventories of buildings.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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