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June 2, 2010
Toronto Fire Service enforces fire code violations
Violations of multiple sections of the Ontario Fire Code resulted in total fines of $40,000 and a term of two years on probation for a Toronto building owner after a guilty plea was entered in court May 28, 2010.

The charges included infractions regarding Access to Firefighting, Hose Cabinets, Exit Stairway Doors Closures and Signs, Records of Testing of Fire Pumps, Emergency Power and Lighting, Firefighters’ Elevators, Smoke Alarms, Fire Safety Plan, Emergency Planning, Fire Separations and Alarms systems.

“The Ontario Fire Code clearly indicates that a building owner is responsible to ensure the code is not violated," said Fire Chief William Stewart. "So far in 2010, Toronto has experienced 14 deaths due to fire. In many cases, there were fire code violations noted by the investigators of these fire deaths.”

Toronto Fire Services reminds residents of Toronto to ensure that smoke alarms are installed on each storey of their dwelling unit, maintain and test the smoke alarms at least once each month, and ensure that batteries are replaced at least once a year (when residents change their clocks).

Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-0763



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