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Michael (Mike) Murphy
Fire Chief
Walkerton Fire Department
510 Napier Street
PO Box 68
Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0
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T. 519-881-0642
F. 519-881-1877
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Glen Wilhelm
Deputy Fire Chief
Walkerton Fire Department
510 Napier Street
PO Box 68
Walkerton, ON
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T. 519-881-0642
F. 519-881-1877
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Fire Code Amendment Affects Owner and Tenant Responsibility's for Smoke Alarms

Regulation 256/14 came into force on January 1, 2015 and included 120 technical changes to the Ontario Fire Code.  One of these changes includes clarification on the responsibilities surrounding smoke alarms in rental dwellings.  Owners and/or landlords are responsible for the installation, maintenance and testing of smoke alarms as well as providing tenants with a copy of the smoke alarms manufacturer's maintenance instructions.  Tenants are now responsible for notifying the owner or landlord as soon as they are aware that the smoke alarm in their unit is disconnected, not operating or that the operation of the smoke alarm is impaired.  The code also states that "no person shall disable a smoke alarm."  You can view this and other changes that were proposed for the Ontario Fire Code on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website, or visit E-laws at Service Ontario to view Ontario Regulation 213/07 Fire Code in its entirety.

New Legislation Requiring Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Residential Homes

Ontario is making carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in all residential homes. 

The new regulation, which comes into effect October 15, updates Ontario's Fire Code following the passage of Bill 77 in 2013. 

This Regulation applies to every building that contains a residential occupancy and

  • a fuel-burning appliance,
  • a fireplace, or
  • a storage garage.

This Section applies:

  • as of April 15, 2015, in the case of buildings that contain no more than six suites of residential occupancy, (which includes single family homes) and
  • as of October 15, 2015, in the case of buildings that contain more than six suites of residential occupancy.

In residential homes carbon monoxide detectors will now be required near all sleeping areas.

In multi-residential units carbon monoxide detectors will now be required in service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas.

Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall. 

For more information view the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services October 14 news release:

Homeowners and landlords can also contact Brockton's Fire Prevention Officer for questions regarding their specific building.

"A fire won't happen to me."

Many people don't think that a fire "will ever happen to them" however each year citizens continue to be injured or killed and millions of dollars in damage are incurred as the result of fires. Most fire related injuries and deaths occur in the home, a place where most of us feel the safest.

For more information on how to be proactive regarding fire and other emergency situations visit "Be Prepared Grey Bruce Huron."

Fire prevention saves lives!

Fire Safety Plans

Fire Prevention on the Farm

Farms and rural properties have unique fire risks.  Contact the fire prevention department to request a free fire safety assessment as the first step in creating your farm fire prevention plan or use the links below to help reduce the risk of a fire at your property.  Remember, most fires on farms could have been prevented with simple fire safety measures and regular equipment and electrical checks.

Before you start a burn on your farm you must request permission from the Municipality. Find out more on our Burn Permits page.

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