Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds citizens to change smoke alarm batteries and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries when changing clocks back to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 13, 2011.
To guarantee alarms will work properly, always install new batteries in detectors and press the ‘test’ button to confirm the devices are operational.
Electric (hard wired) smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms must also be tested regularly.
Smoke alarms and CO alarms have a maximum ‘life expectancy’ of up to 10 years and should be replaced as per the manufacturers’ instructions.
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Fire Inspector Tracey LeBlanc reminds everyone that it is critical to have a home escape plan and working smoke alarms to provide occupants with early warning to safely escape a residential fire. It is the law in Ontario to have properly functioning smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
Non-compliance with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket of $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for homeowners, tenants, and individual landlords or $100,000 for corporations.
Release source: City of Kingston | Photo source: Wikipedia