Court fines property owners for fire code violations

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestA St. Catharines home owner has been fined $5,000 for not having working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms installed as required by the Ontario Fire Code.

Raymond Francis Sinclair pleaded guilty before the Ontario Court of Justice Friday, April 13/2018 for four Ontario Fire Code violations at his property at 22 Stanmary Dr. During a post fire investigation at the property as a result of kitchen fire, St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Management Services identified the violations leading to the charges. The home owner failed to install working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on the main floor and in the basement as required by law. The court imposed $5,000 in fines plus court costs.

In an unrelated matter before the courts April 13/2018, Joseph Raczkovi pleaded guilty to an Ontario Fire Code violation at his rental property at 43 Wellington St. The property owner failed to install a working carbon monoxide alarm as the owner of the building. The court imposed a $2,500 fine plus court costs.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe at home and property owners are responsible for making sure they have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in place as required by law to protect themselves, their families, their tenants and other occupants,” said Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick. “Carbon monoxide alarms, and smoke alarms, are proven to save lives.”

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 all 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. Visit for more information about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, provincial requirements and other home safety tips.

Source – City of St. Catharines press release


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