Replace damaged flooded basement smoke alarms -- It's the law

If your basement smoke or carbon monoxide alarm was damaged by the flood, you need to replace it -- It's the law. There's also a grant to help flood victims.

“Smoke alarms are required outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home, including basements,” said Burlington Fire Department Chief Tony Bavota. “Given the significant amount of flood damage to homes across the city, our priority is to ensure homeowners have the proper protection as cleanup efforts continue.”

To help with replacement costs, Union Gas has donated $2,500 to the Burlington Fire Department to purchase carbon monoxide and smoke alarms for flood victims.

John Blakely, Union Gas utility service manager for Burlington presented the cheque to Chief Bavota at the Fire Station Headquarters on Fairview St.

“At Union Gas, safety governs everything we do, whether we are building a pipeline or installing a gas meter at your home,” said Blakely. “Because of our safety culture, we make it a priority to support important and much-needed programs like this one, which is contributing to the safety of Burlington residents.”

The fire department is working closely with the Red Cross to identify homes in need of alarm units to ensure they are protected and compliant with Ontario smoke and CO alarm laws.

The Ontario Fire Code mandates the installation of smoke alarms in all residences. The Fire Code also states that smoke alarms must be installed and maintained outside of all sleeping areas, as well as on every level of a residence including basements.

No person shall intentionally disable a smoke alarm so as to make it inoperable. Anyone who intentionally disables a smoke alarm is guilty of a Provincial Offence and is subject to a fine. Failure to comply with the Fire Code Smoke Alarm Requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for Corporations.

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