Ontario: Smoke Alarms in Older RVs Advised
On June 30, a 34-year-old man and two young children died in a fire in a trailer park in Essex, Ontario. It has been confirmed by Office of the Fire Marshal investigators that no working smoke alarms were found in the trailer.
As a result of this tragic fatal fire, the fire marshal of Ontario is urging everyone to have a working smoke alarm in their RV.
“The Ontario Fire Code requires every ‘dwelling unit’ in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas,” Fire Marshal Pat Burke said in a press release. “What many people may not know is that the term ‘dwelling unit’ includes seasonal homes such as park model trailers, cabins and cottages and may include trailer homes, motorhomes and other recreational vehicles.”
While many new trailer and RV models may already meet a construction standard requiring working smoke alarms, older models may not be equipped with any or they may not have been properly maintained, Burke noted. “It is a good practice to install working smoke alarms in any RV or boat with sleeping quarters. Test the alarms monthly and after any absence of more than a few days. Replace any smoke alarms that may be more than 10 years old, Burke said.
“Smoke alarms can alert you and give you and your family the precious time needed to safely escape a fire,” said Burke. “Install smoke alarms in any
structure where people may be sleeping or living.”
Failure to comply with the applicable fire code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $100,000.