Increasing Number of Homes Not Compliant with Smoke Alarm law

There's an increasing number of homes in Central Frontenac that are not compliant with the smoke alarm law.

Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue made the discovery during recent home smoke alarm inspections in the area.

Every home in Ontario is required to have a working smoke alarm on every story, as well as outside all sleeping areas.

Fire crews will be increasing their inspection program to check for working smoke alarms during the weekend of day light savings,  when home owners are encouraged to change the batteries in their alarms.

 "We certainly don't want or expect to be handing out tickets as a result of this program," says Fire Chief Greg Robinson.

"Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue will work with homeowners to make sure they have the correct number and type of smoke alarms for their home and that they are all working. However, we do have the power to prosecute, if people refuse to comply with the law. We know that smoke alarms save lives and we will do whatever is necessary to make sure everyone is adequately protected."

They will be conducting a door-to-door check of smoke alarms in all areas of Central Frontenac including; Arden, Mountain Grove, Sharbot Lake, and Parham.

If you are non compliant, you could get a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.