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.