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. 
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