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 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 offence 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. Do not keep balloons in an area covered by motion detectors.
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