Fire Safety for Rental Properties
Ask these questions to make sure your home is fire safe:
- Is there a working smoke alarm on every level of your home?
- Are there working smoke alarms outside of all sleeping areas in your home?
- Is the door to your room a solid wood door with a self- closing device? Does it close and latch properly?
- If you live in a residential building with more than 10 occupants, is there an approved fire safety plan posted on all floor levels of the building?
- Are there two exits from every floor level?
If you answered no to any of these questions then your home may not meet fire regulations.
Call Fire Prevention at 905 546-2424 ext.1380 to determine if your rental property meets fire regulations.
The Ontario Fire Code requires that smoke alarms be installed on all floor levels and outside of sleeping areas in homes. Smoke alarms provide the earliest warning of fire.
Your landlord is responsible for:
- installing smoke alarms
- keeping smoke alarms in working condition, including testing, repairs and replacement
- correcting any problems or concerns you report about your smoke alarm
The tenant is responsible for notifying the landlord when:
- a smoke alarm in the unit has been disconnected
- a smoke alarm in the unit is not operational
- the operation of a smoke alarm has been impaired
Call us at 905-546-2424 ext. 1380 if you have questions about smoke alarms or other fire safety issues in your building.
Disabling a smoke alarm
If you intentionally disable a smoke alarm, you are guilty of a provincial offence and may be subject to a fine as per the Ontario Fire Code.