Kingston Fire & Rescue is reminding the community that working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives, so when moving clocks back an hour to end Daylight Savings Time on November 4, test those alarms and change their batteries to be sure your home is protected.
“This day presents the perfect opportunity to replace batteries in your smoke and CO alarms,” said Shawn Armstrong, chief of Kingston Fire & Rescue, in a City release. “Working smoke and CO alarms provide people with an early warning to safely escape potentially life-threatening situations, and they’re legally required.”
Always install new batteries per the manufacturer’s instructions and press the test button to confirm the devices are operational. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced as per the manufacturers’ instructions and have a maximum life expectancy of 5 to 10 years.
Tenants residing in a rental property that does not have properly functioning or the required number of smoke and CO alarms should contact their landlord immediately. Also note that it is illegal for tenants to remove or tamper with smoke or CO alarm batteries or tamper with the alarms in any way.
According to the City release: The Ontario Fire Code states you must have properly functioning smoke and CO alarms, and that you test these alarms monthly. Smoke alarms are required on every storey of a home, and outside sleeping areas. To learn more about where smoke and CO alarm devices must be located in a dwelling, please consult Kingston Fire & Rescue’s safety and prevention pages.
Failure to comply the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket of $295 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, homeowners, and tenants or $100,000 for corporations.
You can dispose of any used single-use batteries by putting them out for collection during the following week, between November 5 and 9, when Used batteries can be put in a clear, sealed plastic bag beside on the ground beside your recycling. Click here for more information and battery disposal options