Car­bon monox­ide alarms manda­tory

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The City of Vancouver has tight­ened its fire by­law in an ef­fort to keep res­i­dents safe from threats rang­ing from car­bon monox­ide to grass fires.

Vancouver Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices Capt. Jonathan Gormick says Vancouver is now the third ju­ris­dic­tion in Canada to make car­bon monox­ide alarms manda­tory in all res­i­den­tial build­ings, in­clud­ing sin­gle-fam­ily homes.

The alarms can be hard­wired, elec­tri­cal or bat­tery op­er­ated. The only ex­cep­tions are homes with­out an at­tached garage or homes that don’t have fuel-fired ap­pli­ances, such as a gas stove or wa­ter heater.

New fines have also been im­posed in hopes of curb­ing be­hav­iours that Gormick says have re­cently led to fires, fire dam­age, and un­nec­es­sary use of city re­sources.

Penal­ties in­clude a $750 per-day fine for own­ers who don’t prop­erly se­cure un­oc­cu­pied build­ings, and $500 fines for any ma­li­cious and false re­port of a fire or ac­ti­va­tion of a fire alarm.

Smok­ers can be fined up to $500 for throw­ing away burn­ing cig­a­rette butts that could start a brush fire.

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