The By-law concerning the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal dictates the SIM's responsibilities and gives the department the powers needed to assume its responsibilities in an optimal way. The by-law, which was adopted by the agglomeration council on January 26, 2012, applies to the entire Montréal agglomeration.
In particular, the By-law concerning the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal contains provisions concerning smoke alarms and the minimum essential standards for maintaining fire protection equipment and systems. It also sets out certain procedures for industries that generate disaster risks. The by-law also ensures that outdoor fires and fireworks during public events comply with safety measures to protect the public and Montréal's built heritage.
The following standards for smoke alarms are set out in the by-law:
- The owner must install smoke alarms on every floor of the building and replace them at least 10 years after their date of manufacture
- Smoke alarm maintenance, including battery replacement, is the responsibility of the occupant.
- In apartment and condominium buildings, owners must verify the good working order of smoke alarms and record the results at least once a year. The same goes for the building's fire alarm system.
For more information about this by-law, call 514-872-3800.