Project Zero: Toronto Fire Inspectors Check Your Smoke Alarms June 18-19

Project Zero: Toronto Fire Inspectors Check Your Smoke Alarms June 18-19

This Saturday and Sunday, June 18 – 19, teams of City of Toronto fire inspectors – in uniform and carrying proper identification will be going door-to-door, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the east and west end areas of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) to ensure that there are working smoke alarms on every storey and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in every home visited.

Project Zero is a new public education program aimed at reducing residential fire deaths to zero.

So, please make sure that you have a working smoke alarm on every storey and one carbon monoxide alarm in your home due to the following reasons:

  • Ontario law requires that every dwelling unit have a properly maintained smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas.
  • Homeowners who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation requiring compliance within 24 hours.
  • Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

Please note that you will also be given information to help you keep your homes and families safe.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

June 17, 2011

Fire inspectors continue door-to-door Project Zero campaign

Teams of City of Toronto fire inspectors – in uniform and carrying proper identification – will take to the streets this Saturday and Sunday in east and west end areas of Toronto inspecting for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in homes.

Event: Project Zero
Dates: Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Toronto Fire Services launched Project Zero in 2009 as a new public education program aimed at reducing residential fire deaths to zero. The first program of its kind in Toronto, Project Zero involves fire inspectors going door-to-door in the community to ensure that there are working smoke alarms on every storey and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in every home visited. Homeowners are also given information to help them keep their homes and families safe.

“Working smoke alarms make the difference in surviving a fire,” said City of Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart. “First, smoke alarms give you the notification you need that a fire condition exists, and second, they give you the time you need to safely remove your family from the home.”

In Ontario, the law requires that every dwelling unit have a properly maintained smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas. As a part of Project Zero, homeowners who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation requiring compliance within 24 hours.

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

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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