Vancouver Fire and Rescue is cracking down on the number of false fire alarms in the city.
A new by-law includes a $200 fine for each time for owners and occupiers who have three or more false alarms per calendar year.
Public information officer Jonathan Gormick says the fine is being put in place not just to crack down on bothersome false alarms.
“The big one is the safety of the citizens as well. Obviously if the fire alarm within a premise isn’t functioning correctly, it puts them in danger because if there is a fire, the alarm may not activate and give them proper time to escape.”
Gormick says the move aligns Vancouver with other municipalities, which have similar bylaws already in place.