Check Smoke Alarm Batteries When Changing Your Clocks

Published on: 2016/03/11 - in Featured Releases

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds Kingstonians to change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries when moving clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 13.

“Smoke and CO alarms can save lives, but only if they are in good working order. Make sure you have them in your home and test them regularly. Keep track of how old they are and replace them at least every 10 years,” says Paul Patry, assistant chief and director of fire prevention.

Ontario law requires properly functioning smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside sleeping areas. Hard-wired (electric) smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms must also be tested monthly. To guarantee alarms will work properly, always install new batteries in life safety devices and press the test button to confirm the devices are operational.

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms have a maximum life expectancy of 5 to 10 years and should be replaced as per the manufacturers’ instructions.

TENANTS: contact your landlord immediately if your rental property does not have the required number of smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. It is against the law for tenants to remove or tamper with smoke or carbon monoxide alarms in any way.

Failure to comply the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements may result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, home owners, and tenants or $100,000 for corporations.


If you need to replace your batteries, drop off the old ones for proper disposal at one of these locations: City Hall, 216 Ontario Street; the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Road; Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau Street; or the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane.

Release source: KF&R via City of Kingston | PhotoNick Holloway (cc)