Make sure your home meets Ontario fire safety laws
Ontario law requires that working smoke alarms be located on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.
Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Often, victims never wake up. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape. Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas
Your safety is your responsibility. Only working smoke alarms save lives. In fact, smoke alarms can increase your chances of surviving a fire by up to 50%!
Make sure you:
- Install in the proper locations.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- Change the batteries once a year.
- Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
- Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.
Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
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