Hefty fines for fire code violations

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestAll homes must be protected by working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms says St. Catharines Fire Chief Dave Wood after a local landlord was fined $4,300 by the Ontario Court of Justice.

Nick Atalick pleaded guilty to Ontario Fire Code violations for not having working smoke alarms in the basement and on the second floor of his rental property at 61 Meadowvale Dr. The landlord also pleaded guilty to not having a working carbon monoxide alarm outside of the second-floor sleeping area as required by the Ontario Fire Code.

Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every story of a unit and outside all sleeping areas of a property. 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.

“Landlords must protect their tenants from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide,” said Fire Chief Wood. “Every resident deserves to feel safe in their own home.”

The court fined Atalick $1,500 for each smoke alarm violation and $1,300 for the carbon monoxide violation plus court costs and victim fine surcharges.

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/fire for more information about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, provincial requirements and other home safety tips.

Source – City of St. Catharines press release