Lancaster Township enacts false fire alarm fine

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

LANCASTER, Pa.--A July 15 story from Lancaster Online reports Suburban Lancaster Township has taken what a unique step for Lancaster County.

It has added a fine system for false fire alarms for commercial and institutional businesses.

The measure, which was approved July 12 and takes effect July 17, allows a business a warning the first time firefighters respond to a false fire alarm. But after that, a false fire call will mean a $100 fine, the next a $200 fine and each one after that an extra $100.

The fines are assessed based on the calls for a single calendar year.

The measure is believed to be the first false fire alarm ordinance in the county.