SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – On Tuesday, November 28th, 2023, the owner of a multi-unit residential occupancy in the municipality of Sault Ste. Marie was fined $140,000 plus victim surcharges for multiple offences of the Ontario Fire Code, including:
- Failing to maintain smoke alarms in operating condition
- Failing to maintain carbon monoxide alarms in operating condition
- Failing to maintain closures in a fire separation
- Failing to provide documentation of annual smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tests
“House fires and carbon monoxide issues often occur at night, and the consequences can turn deadly when there are no working alarms to alert of a problem and provide the much needed time to escape,” stated Deputy Chief Naomi Thibault. “Such penalties send a clear message that we will not tolerate negligence when it comes to complying with the Ontario Fire Code.”
SSMFS would like to remind residents that annual testing of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is the responsibility of the owner and failing to do so can result in substantial fines.