Time to change your clocks and the batteries in all smoke alarms

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Daylight savings ends on November 2nd and the
Fire Marshal of Ontario is recommending Ontarians replace the old 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 Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of Ontario. "Once a year, old
batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks
this weekend, the fire service wants everyone to take the time to change the
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
    "It is very concerning that 90 people have died in fires to date compared
to 76 this time last year. Many of these deaths occurred in homes that were
not equipped with working smoke alarms," said Burke. "That's why it's so
important to change the batteries in all smoke alarms and ensure they are
working at all times."
    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 $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

    For a copy of the Change Your Clocks Change Your Batteries PSA please
visit the Office of the Fire Marshal website at www.ofm.gov.on.ca

For further information:

For further information: or to request an interview with the Fire
Marshal, contact: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3138;
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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