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Carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Vancouver homes

Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 11:56 am PDT

A hazy sight as crews try to tackle a massive fire at a church in Vancouver in November 2016. (Andrea MacPherson, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Bylaw changes include new mandatory carbon monoxide alarms in Vancouver

New fines rolled out to help cut down on arsons

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Following a new amendment to the Fire Bylaw in the City of Vancouver, all new residential buildings will have to be equipped with a mandatory carbon monoxide alarm. However, there is an exception. Any homes with no-fuel appliances and no attached garage don’t have to follow the new rules.

As a result of the changes, new fines have also been introduced to help crews reduce some of the damage caused by fires at vacant homes — a problem that saw an uptick in Vancouver last year when nearly 50 fires were reported.

“To help combat an ongoing increase in vacant-home fires and vandalism, fines of $750 per day can now be levied against property owners who leave unoccupied buildings in an unsecured state. Anyone found to have maliciously activated a fire alarm system, or falsely and maliciously reported a fire could now be subject to a $500 fine,” says Vancouver Fire Captain Jonathan Gormick.

He adds a fine of $500 can also be applied to anyone who leaves burning materials that can create a “hazardous situation.”

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless, poisonous gas.