Working Smoke Alarms: It's the Law!
Effective March 1, 2006, it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. With this previously announced Fire Code amendment now in effect, it is hoped there will be a reduction of the number of preventable fire-related injuries and fatalities. The amendment covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.
To increase awareness about the amendment and the importance of working smoke alarms, the Office of the Fire Marshal launched an ongoing provincial awareness campaign called Working Smoke Alarms: It's the Law, in December, 2005. In addition to its focus of smoke alarm requirements and responsibilities, the campaign will educate the public about smoke alarm technology, installation and maintenance.