False Alarms

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SECURITY AND FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS ARE YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE

Your home security system is a valuable tool to prevent home or business break-ins, personal injury and the loss of property. Your first line of defense against injury and death in the event of a fire is a working smoke detector or smoke/fire alarm system. The Municipality, your local Fire Department and the RCMP support the proper installation and maintenance of these important safety systems.

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FALSE FIRE ALARMS ARE A VERY SERIOUS MATTER

False alarms received by your fire department or the police services are very serious resulting in:

  • Emergency responders expending their time, funds and efforts on non existing fire/alarm situations.
  • Exposing emergency responders, other road users and the general public to unnecessary risks.
  • Putting the community at risk due to possible delays in responding to real emergencies.
  • Causing disruption of services and your business.
  • Disrupting the lives of our volunteer firefighters and their families due to unnecessary calls.
  • De-sensitizing communities to actual incidents of crime and fire.
  • Potentially causing complacency, resulting in possible deadly consequences.

MUNICIPAL ALARM BY LAW 141

The Municipality of the District of Chester reminds all citizens of their responsibility to comply with our False Alarm By-Law 141.Copies of this By-Law are also available at the Municipal Offices at 151 King Street Chester. In the event of a false alarm, please refer to the False Fire Alarm Investigation.

FALSE FIRE ALARMS CAN BE PREVENTED

Although weather and other occurrences out of your control can cause false alarms, most of the time these alarms can be avoided. The major causes of false alarms include fumes from cooking, steam from showers, dust from building work, insects, poorly trained users, lack of maintenance, and incorrect or poorly designed and installed systems. Please review our Prevention Tips

It is your responsibility to prevent false alarms. We thank you for your attention and cooperation.