Home Owner Pleads Guilty To Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Charges 

BRANTFORD, ON – February 24, 2016 – The owner of a single family dwelling on Hidden Court in Brantford, Ontario pled guilty to failing to maintain a smoke alarm on the main level of his home, as well as failing to install a smoke alarm in the basement and failing to install a carbon monoxide alarm on the upper level outside sleeping areas. The owner was fined $1500 plus victim surcharges in Provincial Offences Court on February 24, 2016.

Fire crews were called to a small fire in an attached garage on Hidden Court on September 27th, 2015 and at the time of the incident, Ontario Fire Code violations were noted and as a result the owner of the dwelling, Bernard Girard, was charged with the above noted violations.

“The Ontario Fire Code requires homeowners to ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of their home and outside all sleeping areas. It also requires homeowners to ensure carbon monoxide alarms are installed outside sleeping areas.” said fire prevention officer Elise Oxford. Owners are responsible for installing smoke alarms and CO alarms correctly and maintaining them in working condition. “Only working smoke alarms and CO alarms can give you early detection and warning to evacuate and could save your life or the lives of your loved ones.”

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.

For more information, please contact

Elise Oxford
Fire Prevention Officer
Fire Prevention Division
Brantford Fire Department