Smoke alarm requirements for rental properties Effective January 1, 2020
Landlords are reminded that starting January 1, 2020, additional smoke alarm regulations come into effect as outlined in The Regina Fire Bylaw, 2018-49. These regulations were approved by City Council in September 2018.
The regulations stipulate that rental properties must have hardwired smoke alarms with a battery back-up on levels with sleeping rooms. Additionally, 10-year tamper-proof lithium battery-operated smoke alarm(s) are required on all levels without sleeping rooms, should they not already have hardwired, interconnected smoke alarms. Landlords must have these in place by January 1, 2020.
If a fire occurs at a property without proper smoke alarms in place, landlords could receive a ticket(s) for the infraction(s). If people were injured in a rental property, and it’s determined through a fire investigation that proper smoke alarms were not in place, the landlord can expect to be prosecuted through the court.
Review the bylaw on Regina.ca.