Install smoke alarms, It's the Law picture

You may have just seconds to safely escape a fire in your home. That's why smoke alarms are so important. Only working smoke alarms provide those precious seconds you need to safely escape. Remember, it's the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. LaSalle Fire Service has recently (January 2017) adopted a policy of actively enforcing requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code will result in a ticket or a fine.

It's On You! LaSalle - Media Campaign, February 2017

Media Release February 1, 2017

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Who is Responsible for the smoke alarms in your home?

If you are a homeowner or are a landlord, it's your job to install and maintain smoke alarms. If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.

Not following the Ontario Fire Code will result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

We are proud of our aggressive residential smoke alarm campaign that helps to ensure early warning in the event of a residential fire. In order to protect all residents the LaSalle Fire Service will continue to ensure each residence we attend is in compliance.

Maintaining Your Alarm

  • Follow the instructions when installing alarms.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms with new ones every ten years.
  • Never remove the batteries except to change them.
  • Try a different type if you experience nuisance alarms.


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