Fines for false fire alarms in Edmonton to triple in 2013
Edmonton had more than 1,286 confirmed false fire alarms in 2012, the vast majority in commercial buildings.
In an attempt to drive down that number, the city on January 1, 2013 will significantly increase fines for false fire alarms at commercial buildings.
There is no fine for a single false fire alarm, but the fine for a second false alarm will increase to $300 from $76. Fines for the third and fourth false alarms will increase to $600 and $1,200 respectively, up from $380 and $758.
The fines are not intended to be punitive; the tally resets each calendar year and borderline calls are rarely counted. The goal is to encourage building owners to maintain a functional alarm system.
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