HALTON HILLS, ON – In January, a tenant residing in a rental home on John Street pled guilty to a charge of “Disabling a Smoke Alarm” in the Ontario Court of Justice. The $360 penalty included a victim fine surcharge and court costs from an investigation by the Halton Hills Fire Department who had issued a Certificate of Offence.
Following up on a complaint, Halton Hills Fire Department staff found that the tenant had removed the smoke alarm on the main level. They gave a warning as to the importance of not disabling a smoke alarm and ensured that a new one was installed prior to leaving.
Fire Chief Harry Olivieri reminds tenants that “It is their responsibility to ensure that smoke and CO alarms are not disabled and they are to notify their landlord immediately if there are any problems. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure smoke and CO alarms are installed and maintained.”
Smoke and CO alarms if installed and properly maintained provide residents the early warning required to safely evacuate a structure in the event of a fire. Smoke alarms are required on every level of the home, near bedrooms and in the basement. CO alarms are required near bedrooms and where fuel fired appliances exists in the residence.
For more information, contact the Fire Department Prevention Division at 905-877-1133.
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Commissioner and Chief of Fire Services
Halton Hills Fire Department
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