Wed, 07 Mar 2018
When you change your clocks for daylight saving time on Sunday, March 11, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.
“Nearly half of all fatal fires in Ontario occur because there are not an adequate number of working smoke alarms in the home,” said Glenn Barwell, public education officer with the Oakville Fire department. “The simple act of changing the batteries in your alarms at least once a year is the most effective way to keep your family safe.”
Ontario law requires all homes to have working CO and smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are required on every level of the home and outside of each sleeping area. If you have a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or an attached garage in the home, install CO alarms outside of all sleeping areas. Remember to test alarms once a month by pushing the test button.
Smoke alarms expire after 10 years and need to be replaced. CO alarms may need to be replaced sooner. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when installing or replacing your alarm. Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and CO alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.
All residents should have a home fire safety and escape plan that includes the following steps:
To learn more about the maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and home fire safety, visit our Fire Safety page.