It is undertaking the second phase of its campaign to amend its by-law with respect to smoke alarms.
The smoke alarm brigade visited more than 40,000 homes across the island of Montréal this summer. The brigade aimed to provide information and to remind residents of the importance of smoke alarms in fire prevention.
- 11% of all homes visited by the brigade over the summer were equipped with smoke alarms that were not in working order.
- 5.8% of all homes visited by the brigade over the summer were not equipped with smoke alarms.
On June 26, 2019, the By-law concerning the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (RCG 12-003) was amended. Below are the amendments pertaining to smoke alarms:
- All residential buildings built before 1985, that are not equipped with an electrical smoke alarm must be equipped with smoke alarms powered by a long-lasting non-removable lithium battery having a life span of 10 years.
- All dwelling units must be equipped with at least one smoke alarm per floor, including the basement. On floors that contain bedrooms, the smoke alarm must be located in the middle of the corridor.
- The article pertaining to the fact that smoke alarms must be maintained in good working order in buildings having specific occupancies (buildings housing persons requiring assistance with evacuation) has been amended. In this type of housing, all bedrooms must be equipped with a smoke alarm that is connected to an electrical circuit, and must be interconnected, so as to sound simultaneously.
- For buildings built after June 2015, an electrical smoke alarm must also be installed in every sleeping room and corridor.
A shared responsibility
Under the By-law concerning the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (RCG 12-003) the installation, maintenance and good working order of smoke alarms are mandatory. This device is essential for your safety and that of your family.
Every owner is responsible for providing smoke alarms and installing them where required under the by-law.
Owners and tenants share the responsibility of maintaining smoke alarms in good working order and of checking them regularly.
Where can you purchase smoke alarms powered by a non-removable, long-lasting lithium battery having a lifespan of 10 years?
Smoke alarms powered by a non-removable, long-lasting lithium battery having a lifespan of 10 years can be found in most department stores and hardware stores.
The ULC logo of the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada certifies that the smoke alarm meets the appropriate standards. It shows that the device meets Canadian safety standards.
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By-law 12-003 derives from the risk coverage plan of the urban agglomeration of Montréal, adopted in 2008. It prescribes the SIM’s responsibilities and establishes the powers required for the department to provide optimal services. It namely lists the minimum standards for the maintenance of equipment and fire protection and rescue systems, as well as obligations pertaining to smoke alarms.
These by-law amendments reflect the current fire risks present across the urban agglomeration of Montréal, according to the new standards in effect, as well as to recent expert recommendations.