Alarming Number Of Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Violations In 2023

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Fire officials are concerned with the number of smoke alarm violations issued to landlords in 2023.

“Despite the fire department’s best efforts to educate the community and provide smoke alarms for free, there are still a startling number of smoke alarm fines levied in 2023.  Although enforcement is not our preferred approach, we take a zero-tolerance approach to those not in compliance with working smoke alarms”, said Fire Chief Ryan Murrell. “It is unfortunate that owners who collect rent from others are negligent respecting the requirements to protect occupants”.

The Ontario Fire Code requires homes to have working smoke alarms on every storey in the home and outside all sleeping areas.  Additionally, carbon monoxide alarms are required to be outside all sleeping areas when the home has a fuel burning appliance, woodstove/fireplace, or attached garage. This applies to all single-family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.

Landlords must ensure their rental properties comply with the Ontario Fire Code. Individual landlords who fail to comply with the requirements of the Ontario Fire Code could face penalties of up to $50,000 and up to a year in jail.

Tenants of rental properties are encouraged to contact their landlords immediately if they do not have a working smoke alarm.  Once an alarm is installed, tenants must not remove the batteries or tamper with the devices as they could also be subject to fines.

If you would like a free home fire safety assessment or a free smoke alarm please contact 705 765 3156 ext. 282 or


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