EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY NEW SMOKE ALARM REQUIREMENTS by vev19514

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									      EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
  NEW SMOKE ALARM REQUIREMENTS



The Oshawa Fire Services is currently working to inform and
educate the citizens of the City of Oshawa regarding a recent
amendment to the Ontario Fire Code that states that homes must
have working smoke alarms on every level. This is in addition to
the existing requirement of having smoke alarms outside all
sleeping areas. The amendment applies to all dwelling units,
whether owner-occupied or rented.

Statistics from the Office of the Fire Marshall indicate that in about
50% of fatal home fires that occur in Ontario, the victims had no
smoke alarm warning. For homeowner, tenants and individual
landlords, non-compliance with the Fire Code smoke alarm
requirements can result in a ticket of $235.00 or a fine of up to
$25,000.00.

Beginning March 1, 2006 the Oshawa Fire Services will be
actively enforcing this new requirement. For information about
smoke alarm requirements, installation and maintenance contact
the Oshawa Fire Services at 905-433-1236.

								
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