Maintain smoke and CO alarms along with changing clocks this weekend


Clocks go forward one hour this weekend and it is also the time to change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Daylight savings begins during the early morning hours this Sunday, and the Amherstburg Fire Department is recommending residents install new batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when they change their clocks.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have

working batteries,” explains fire chief Al Reaume. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks this weekend, Amherstburg Fire Department wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all smoke alarms and CO alarms.”

The Amherstburg Fire Department also recommends that people check the age of their smoke and CO alarms. The fire department recommends replacing all smoke and CO alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner, as recommended by the manufacturer.

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In order to survive a fire, the Amherstburg Fire Department states that people 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 also recommended to install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

Carbon monoxide alarms are now required by law. As well, if a home has a fuel

burning appliance or attached garage, CO alarms are to be installed outside every

sleeping area.

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke alarm is against the law, the Amherstburg Fire Department adds.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.

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