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Comox Fire Rescue offers free smoke alarm installations

Comox Fire Rescue is offering a program whereby people who live in the Town of Comox and the part of Area B that is served by Comox Fire Rescue an opportunity to have a free battery-operated smoke alarm installed in their residence.

Interested citizens are to call Comox Fire Rescue at 250-339-2432 or email at jlariviere@comox.ca to set up an appointment to have a smoke alarm installed if you don’t have one or your smoke alarm replaced if it is over 10 years old. Comox Fire Rescue will also replace batteries in smoke alarms currently in place.

Dwelling units constructed before the B.C. Building Code required smoke alarms are required to have a smoke alarm. These smoke alarms are allowed to be battery operated in a dwelling unit constructed before March 31, 1979.

Dwelling units constructed after the 1979 B.C. Building Code require the smoke alarms to be both permanently wired to the home’s electrical system and to be interconnected.

Home owners have a responsibility to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside sleeping areas.

Landlords have a responsibility to install smoke alarms as required by year of construction and test them before tenant occupancy and the landlord is required to maintain all smoke alarms in working condition.

Tenants should notify their landlord immediately if the required number of smoke alarms is not present in the rental unit. In the event there is inadequate smoke alarm protection tenants should consider installing their own temporary battery operated smoke alarm.

— Comox Fire Rescue

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