Fireplace division says smoke alarm tampering on the rise in Saskatoon – Saskatoon

Last month, at least one person died in a Saskatoon apartment fire in which residents appeared to have tampered with their smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm manipulation is becoming a trend in Saskatoon, according to the Saskatoon Fire Department.

The Pleasant Hill fire was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

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The fire inspection of the building shows that the people living there manipulated their smoke alarms after checking the system in September. The fire occurred about a month later.

The Saskatoon Fire Department says there are increasing calls for homes without working smoke alarms.

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“Especially with the use and legalization of marijuana, it seems that it is more easily used in the person’s household and sets off smoke alarms,” ​​said deputy chief Yvonne Raymer.


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One person died in a morning apartment fire in Pleasant Hill: Saskatoon Fire Department


One person died in a morning apartment fire in Pleasant Hill: Saskatoon Fire Department – Sept. October 2021

Raymer said people would tamper with their alarms or turn them off so as not to set them off.

“A lot of people forget to put them back or they pack bags,” she said.

Since the fatal fire, the department has identified 10 more properties in the city that are missing 13 smoke alarms.

“We had another fire that almost missed what we call it,” she said.

“The person was asleep, but a family member actually managed to wake the person up, but the smoke alarms in this household were also missing.”

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Tampering with a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm is a criminal offense and can result in a fine of $ 25,000.

“If you can’t hear the beep in your sleep because you have a fire, you most likely won’t get out alive,” said Raymer.

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She added that if people insist on smoking indoors, they should turn on some fans or move to another room. You can also buy electric smoke alarms that are less sensitive to things like cigarette smoke.

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