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March 6, 2006
Weekend fires reveal lack of working smoke alarms
Two weekend fires in the City of Toronto have brought to light the absence of working smoke alarms in a number of units involved.

The one blaze - early this morning in the Finch and Midland area - ended with victims having to be transported and treated for smoke inhalation. Luckily, the injuries are no more serious than that.

As of March 1, the new amendment to the Ontario Fire Code became law. With this amendment, the Fire Code now requires homes to have working smoke alarms on every level and outside all sleeping areas. It covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.

For homeowners, tenants and individual landlords, non-compliance with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements will result in a ticket for $235 or a maximum $25,000 fine or up to one year in jail or both for individuals, and a maximum $50,000 fine for corporations.

“In the interest of public safety, Toronto Fire will be diligent in investigating and laying charges in the absence of working smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “If a fire occurs in your home, smoke alarms can give you and your family the precious seconds you need to safely escape, and will help reduce property loss.”

Media contact:

Captain David Sheen
Office 416-338-9317
Pager 416-468-9978
Cell 416-578-4316



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