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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