While changing your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries



    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - The Ontario Fire Marshal is urging Ontarians to
change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this
weekend.
    "When Ontarians change their clocks, they should treat themselves to new
smoke alarm batteries," says Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "Only working smoke
alarms can alert people to fire and give them the precious seconds they need
to safely escape. It is the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey
and outside all sleeping areas."
    In many fatal home fires, the smoke alarms have not worked, often because
the batteries are dead, disconnected or missing. Smoke alarms are essential to
detecting smoke in the early stages of fire. Many people are alive today
because they were alerted by their smoke alarms. So, when Ontarians change
their clocks on November 4th, they should also remember to change the
batteries in their smoke alarms.
    Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced if they are more than
10 years old. Also, it is important that everyone knows what to do if a smoke
alarm sounds.
    For safety tips to keep your family safe from fire, visit
www.ofm.gov.on.ca.





For further information:

For further information: this weekend contact: Carol Gravelle, Office of
the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3138, cell (416) 427-9795; Bev Gilbert, Office of
the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178, cell (416) 605-8074

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