Public Safety Advisory: Door-to-Door Sales of Residential Fire Monitoring Systems
Regina Fire & Protective Services has recently become aware of a door-to-door sales effort by a company offering residential fire monitoring systems to residents. These systems do not appear to meet requirements of The Regina Fire Bylaw for interconnected, hardwired smoke alarms in rental properties.
There has been an increasing amount of false alarms activated from these systems, and Regina Fire has been called to respond to double the normal call volume for monitored residential fire alarm systems in the last couple months.
It is critical for the safety of our community that Regina Fire’s resources are available to respond to emergencies. False alarms can prevent this and also cost you money.
Many of these systems appear to have been installed in rental properties after the door-to-door salesperson has spoken with the tenant.
Renters are urged to be in very close contact with their landlord before allowing any changes to existing, or new, systems. If they have recently had a fire alarm system installed and have questions, they should reach out to their landlord for further guidance.
Landlords are urged to review The Regina Fire Bylaw to understand their obligations and ensure fire monitoring systems installed in their properties meet all the requirements.
To help prevent false alarms, all residents should fully understand how the fire monitoring system in their home functions. False alarms put residents at risk when resources are allocated to non-emergencies.
Visit Regina.ca/fire for more information about The Regina Fire Bylaw, and fire alarm systems.