Moses Lake, Wash. to increase false alarm fees

SSN Staff  - 
Monday, April 19, 2010

MOSES LAKE, Wash.—An April 15 story from the Columbia Basin Herald reported the Moses Lake City Council agreed to increase the fee associated with the Moses Lake Fire Department responding to false fire alarms in commercial buildings.

The motion passed unanimously April 13. It requires a second reading before it becomes a law.

The ordinance allows for two false alarms per commercial business without penalty during a three month period. The third false alarm will result in a $500 fine.

The council wants to encourage commercial business owners with faulty alarms to get them fixed.

When fire alarm companies are working on alarm systems, often the system will engage so the company is required to notify the fire department of their work.

If the company does not inform the fire department of alarm system testing and the alarm engages, it will be fined $100 for the first offense and $200 for the second offense, according to the ordinance. Currently each offense is $100.