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Charges laid against local hotel for Fire Code violations

August 6, 2015 –

Following a complaint about a non-functioning smoke alarm, Kingston Fire & Rescue attended a hotel on First Canada Avenue on June 5, 2015 to conduct an inspection. During this inspection, 30 contraventions of the Ontario Fire Code were observed.

Contraventions included 37 per cent of the smoke alarms in guest suites failing to operate as they were broken, disconnected or missing. As a result, Kingston Fire & Rescue has laid 3 charges against the owner for failing to maintain smoke alarms, failing to install a smoke alarm and failing to test smoke alarms annually and after every change in tenancy.

The owner was also issued an Inspection Order requiring the remaining 27 violations to be corrected. To date, most of the violations have been corrected.

"We're simply not prepared to give anyone time to comply for smoke alarm offences – there is zero tolerance. Lives are lost daily due to a lack of smoke alarms and we simply cannot leave a suite, apartment or home without functioning smoke alarms to protect the occupants from the adverse effects of fire," said Fire Inspector Delbert Blakney.

The charges laid in this incident relate to contraventions of the Ontario Fire Code. Penalties upon conviction carry a maximum $100,000 fine per violation and/or up to a year in jail.

All smoke alarms were functional prior to Fire Inspector Blakney leaving the hotel. 

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds all property owners, managers and tenants to understand their responsibilities when it comes to installing and maintaining smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and Ontario Fire Code compliance in general.

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For further information, contact: Delbert Blakney, Fire Inspector, 613-548-4001, ext. 5124 or dblakney@cityofkingston.ca