City may fine businesses for false fire alarms

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Companies could soon face fines for alarm system misfires.

Salt Lake City fire officials say every year crews respond to more than 2,000 false alarms due to faulty, outdated or accidentally tripped systems. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the city council is considering fining companies in order to pay for the resources used.

Council members say the fines could bring in as much as $50,000 for the city next year.

Businesses likely would be allowed one or two free calls before the city imposed a fine. No fee schedule or other details are available. Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Tribune businesses likely would support a fair fee.

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