Okotoks targets false alarms
OKOTOKS, Canada—A Feb. 3 article from the Western Wheel website reports the town of Okotoks is discussing a bylaw targeting security system false alarms that tie up emergency crews from dealing with other incidents.
Town council approved first reading of a bylaw targeting false alarms at the end of January.
Under the proposed bylaw, a $200 fine will be charged to the home occupant of a home or business for the fourth false alarm in a 12-month period and for every subsequent incident.
The cost to the Town for emergency personnel to attend a false fire alarm is about $500 per hour. If the $200 fine is not paid, the Town can apply it to the property’s tax bill.
The bylaw also states if emergency personnel have to force their way into a building as a result of a false alarm, it’s up to the occupant to pay for any repairs.
Stobbs said the Town wants home and business owners to ensure their systems are maintained and working properly.