Fire services urges property owners, tenants and businesses to comply with fire code

Posted on Thursday October 10, 2019

St. Catharines Fire Services is urging landlords and businesses to comply with the Ontario Fire Code to protect tenants, employees and visitors following three Ontario Court of Justice convictions for safety violations.

“Every resident, tenant or employee should feel safe in their home or place of business,” said Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick. “Property owners have a responsibility to make sure buildings and rental units meet the Ontario Fire Code prior to being occupied. Tenants, too, have a responsibility to make sure all smoke alarms are in good working condition.”

On Sept. 27, in provincial court, an owner of a rental property at 58 Haig St. was fined for failing to install and maintain working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at the home. Donald Telford Thibeault pleaded guilty to the charges and fined $2,000.

The tenant of the property was also fined $1,000. The tenant pleaded guilty to charges for failing to notify the landlord as soon as he was aware the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms were not operational.

Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside all sleeping areas. The law also requires working carbon monoxide alarms outside sleeping areas in units where a fuel-burning appliance is installed or shares a common wall or floor with a service room containing such an appliance or an attached garage.

In a separate case, the operators of a retirement home at 181 Niagara St., 1814124 Ontario Inc., pleaded guilty to failing to install an automatic sprinkler system throughout the building. The company was fined $2,000 in provincial court on Sept. 27.

In another case before the courts on Sept. 27, 10737739 Canada Inc., operator of Lazy Bugs Bubble Tea, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an inspection order under the fire code and was fined $2,500. The business failed to check, inspect and test emergency lighting equipment, failed to inspect fire extinguishers monthly and failed to maintain exhaust and fire protection systems.

Visit or call 905.688.5601, ext. 4224, for more information about fire safety for your property, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, provincial requirements and other home safety tips.

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