Town of Canmore

False Alarms

False alarms are costly, time-consuming, and create a potential safety risk. This page will provide you with a brief overview of the Town’s bylaw, however, if you would like more detail, please refer to the document linked below.  

pdf False Alarm Bylaw 2017-08 (2.16 MB)

What is the law?

A "false alarm" means any notification to the Fire Department or the RCMP, respecting the existence of a condition, circumstance, or event containing an imminent serious danger to persons or property, where no such condition exists. The fine for committing an offense has a minimum specified penalty of $250.00. 

Tips to Prevent False Alarms

  • Alarm systems should receive regular maintenance and testing to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • Check for drafts that may cause curtains, plants, or decorations to set off motion detectors.
  • Be sure everyone in the family, guests, cleaners, employees, and contractors knows how to properly operate the security system.
  • Motion detectors require additional care to prevent false alarms. Ensure pets are not allowed to roam freely through the area that is covered by the motion detector. 

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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