Landlords fined for lack of CO alarms

The landlords of a St. Catharines rental home have been fined $5,000 for not having working carbon monoxide alarms installed as required by the Ontario Fire Code.

Xiaoyan Wu and Weili Jiang pleaded guilty before the Ontario Court of Justice Friday, March 9 for Ontario Fire Code violations at their rental property at 48 Merigold St. The property owners failed to install a working carbon monoxide alarm in the basement and one outside a main floor bedroom as required by law. The court imposed a $2,500 fine plus court costs for each of the property owners.

“Landlords have a responsibility under the Ontario Fire Code to protect their tenants with working carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms,” said Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick. “Carbon monoxide alarms, and smoke alarms, have proven to save lives. And, it’s the law.”

The Ontario Fire Code requires working carbon monoxide alarms outside sleeping areas at properties where a fuel-burning appliance is installed. Fire code violations relating to carbon monoxide alarms could result in fines up to $50,000 for individuals and up to $100,000 for corporations.

McCormick adds residents can visit for more information about carbon monoxide, provincial requirements and other home safety tips.

Source – City of St. Catharines press release



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