Fire commissioner reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries

Ontario law requires people to have working smoke alarms on every level of their homes and outside all sleeping areas. Regulations also require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed outside all sleeping areas in homes that have fuel fired appliances

They add that that smoke detectors should be in hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and on every level of homes.

As always at this time of year, the Montreal fire department is reminding citizens to check their smoke detectors and replace the batteries.

You're changing your clocks for daylight saving time on Sunday.

Smoke alarms expire after 10 years and need to be replaced.

Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen stresses the importance of replacing outdated smoke alarms with newer models featuring 10-year sealed lithium batteries. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

While changing the batteries, check for the age of each alarm; smoke and carbon monoxide alarms don't last forever.

Anyone can walk into a store and purchase a smoke alarm for as little as $10. A phone bank will be held Monday to help answer questions and schedule a date and time to have alarms installed.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them.

A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, they should install them.

To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the fire department has again joined forces with the association and Energizer for the 31st annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. Second homeowners, for example, could choose to test on the Fourth of July and Christmas if that's easier for them to remember. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

In case of fire, get low and move under the smoke to the closest safe exit.

- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. He also recommends that you plan and practice an escape route to the outside of your home in the event of a fire. When one sounds, they all sound.

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