Pennsylvania Town Enacts False Fire Alarm Ordinance


At the request of the local fire department, Lancaster Township (Pa.) officials approved a new false fire alarm measure for commercial and institutional businesses.

Businesses will receive a warning for first offenses; however, after that, a false fire alarm will cost $100, according to Fines will increase $100 for additional false fire alarms. Penalties will be levied based on the calls for a single calendar year.

The measure takes effect on Saturday and is believed to be the first false fire alarm ordinance in the county. Prior to the new ordinance, individuals were fined $10 for false security alarms.

“We’re not looking to make money on this, but what we’re looking to do is encourage people who have faulty systems that it’s much easier for them to get those [alarm] systems fixed rather than to have to incur those fines,” Lancaster Township Manager Bill Laudien told the Web site.

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