Fines Issued for Fire Code Violations

NEW TECUMSETH, ON – New Tecumseth Fire Rescue responded to a residential structure fire in July 2020 that resulted in 21 charges being laid for fire code violations under the Fire Protection & Prevention Act.

 On July 13, 2020, New Tecumseth Fire Rescue responded to a fire in a residential home that was being operated as a private group home for people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues in Alliston.

 Following an investigation, the owner of the facility that is considered a care occupancy under the Fire Code was charged with several Fire Code violations. The charges included not having a sprinkler system as required for a care occupancy under the Fire Code as well as not having the required fire separations or fire safety plan.

 Thankfully, all residents, staff, assisting neighbours and emergency personnel were unharmed in the fire.

 Recently, the defendant pled guilty to 8 counts of the 21 charges, with the remaining counts being withdrawn in court. Each of the individual fines could have seen up to a maximum fine of $50,000 each.

The Justice of the Peace entered fines of $6,250 per count. In addition, a 25 percent victim surcharge was added to each of the 8 counts, making the total owed $62,500.

Individuals (including a director of a corporation) convicted of contravening the Ontario Fire Code are liable to a fine of up to $50,000 or a year in jail or both, while a corporation that is convicted of an offence is liable to a fine of up to $100,000.

 New Tecumseth Fire Rescue reminds all residents, homeowners, business owners, building owners that there are requirements for installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. In an emergency, seconds count. Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives.