Barrie property owners fined $20,000 for Fire Code violations

Two Barrie property owners of a downtown building that houses both commercial occupancies and residential apartments were convicted and fined a total of $20,000 in Barrie Provincial Court last week, states a City of Barrie release.
The property owners had been charged with multiple counts, including failure to maintain working smoke alarms, failure to maintain alarm systems, failure to test and inspect fire alarm system, failure to test and inspect fire extinguishers, failure to maintain closures in fire separations, and failure to inspect emergency lighting.
“The Barrie Fire Service is continuing our enforcement efforts to ensure fire safety in our city,” said Fire Chief John Lynn. “We will continue to work with residents and building owners throughout the community to ensure that everyone understands their responsibilities. Failure to ensure fire safety has significant negative impact not only due to loss of life but also financially. We can’t afford to be lenient when it comes to life safety.
“Compliance with the Fire Code requirements is the responsibility of the property owner. It is irresponsible and negligent of property owners to not provide working smoke alarms in their homes or rental units to ensure the safety of all the occupants.”
In rental accommodations, tenants who do not have the required number of smoke alarms to meet Fire Code requirements should contact their property owners, landlords or superintendents immediately, the release states. Tampering with, or removing the batteries from smoke alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $100,000.