Time to Change your Clocks and Batteries in all Smoke Alarms

TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1st and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management is recommending the public install new batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.  

"In order for smoke alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries," explained Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal & Chief, Emergency Management. "Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks this weekend, take the time to test your alarms and install new batteries in all smoke alarms."  

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. It's the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.  

Tampering with, or removing the batteries from your smoke alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.  

SOURCE Office of the Fire Marshal - Media Relations

For further information: Jude Kelly, Communications/Public Education, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, (647) 329-1064


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