Home Owner Pleads Guilty To Smoke Alarm Charges 

BRANTFORD, ON – March 12, 2015 – The owner of a single family dwelling on Brantwood Park Road pled guilty to failing to maintain a smoke alarm on the 2nd, main, and basement levels of the home and was fined $1000 in Provincial Offences Court on March 11th, 2015. A fire started on the stove as a result of cooking left unattended by a tenant on August 18th, 2014. At the time of the fire none of the smoke alarms in the dwelling were working. As a result the owner of the dwelling, Jatinder Singh Sohal was charged with violations of the Ontario Fire Code.

“Only working smoke alarms can save lives” said Fire Prevention Officer Elise Oxford. “They provide early
warning of a fire which can give you and your family the precious time needed to escape before someone
gets hurt or unfortunately dies”

The Ontario Fire Code requires homeowners to ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of
their home and outside all sleeping areas. Owners are responsible for installing smoke alarms correctly as
well as maintaining the smoke alarms in working condition. As of January 1st, 2015 smoke alarms must be
replaced due to age as required by the manufacturer (usually 10 years old). Tenants must notify the landlord
when they become aware of any problems with their smoke alarms.

Building owners or occupants who have any concerns regarding fire safety are encouraged to contact the Fire Prevention Division of the Brantford Fire Department at 519‐752‐0540 or additional fire safety information can also be found on our website at www.brantfordfire.ca.

For more information, please contact

Elise Oxford
Fire Prevention Officer
Fire Prevention Division
Brantford Fire Department