Time to Change the Batteries in your Smoke Alarms



    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - One year ago today, an amendment to the Fire
Code came into effect requiring Ontario homes to have smoke alarms on every
storey, as well as outside all sleeping areas. The Ontario Fire Marshal would
like to remind everyone that it's time to change the batteries in all those
new smoke alarms.
    "The batteries in smoke alarms need to be replaced once a year, or if the
low-battery warning chirps," said Patrick Burke, Fire Marshal for Ontario.
"With the clocks changing on March 11, this is the perfect time to also change
the batteries in all your smoke alarms."
    A recent review of provincial fire loss data indicates that 79% of homes
that experienced a fire had a smoke alarm installed. However, these smoke
alarms activated in less than half - 47 per cent - of these fires. One of the
primary reasons that smoke alarms don't work is because people remove the
batteries because of frequent nuisance alarms caused by cooking activities or
steam from a shower.
    If nuisance alarms are a problem, never remove or disconnect the
batteries. Tampering with, or removing the batteries from your smoke alarms is
against the law. The Office of the Fire Marshal encourages anyone experiencing
nuisance alarms to visit the website www.makeitstop.ca for solutions, or
contact your local fire department for advice.





For further information:

For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3155; or Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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