Smoke Alarms

Working Smoke Alarms: It's the Law!

It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

Smoke alarms are critical safety devices that have been in existence for over 30 years; however, Ontarians still continue to die in homes without working smoke alarms. Ensuring homeowners, landlords and tenants of residential occupancies are aware of their responsibilities and comply with the smoke alarm requirements will significantly increase public safety in Ontario.

Seniors' Smoke Alarm Program

Residential Smoke Alarm Systems

Many homes in Milton have smoke alarm systems monitored by an alarm monitoring service. Advantages of this type of service include:

  • Automatically transmits the alarm to the central monitoring station which will contact the Milton Fire Department for dispatch
  • Considerable savings on property fire insurance
  • Newer systems are capable of monitoring for carbon monoxide and combustible gas 

Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

An automatic fire alarm system is designed to detect the unwanted presence of fire by monitoring environmental changes associated with combustion. In general, a fire alarm system is either classified as automatic, manually activated, or both. Automatic fire alarm systems can be used to notify people to evacuate in the event of a fire or other emergency, to contact emergency services, and to prepare the structure and associated systems to control the spread of fire and smoke.

The Ontario Fire Code regulates maintenance of fire alarm systems and requires regular testing and maintenance of all devices.