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Smoke Alarms Save Lives


11/5/2019 3:29:09 PM

Failure to comply with the fire code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket of $235, or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for Corporations.

  • Homeowners:  It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas.
  • Landlords:  It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law. 
  • Tenants:  If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way. 

When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement. Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.

Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than ten years old. Steam from the shower or cooking in the oven, stove or toaster can cause smoke alarms to activate. Do not remove the battery. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location, or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.



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