Change Clocks AND Batteries On Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

By: Kw Now! Local Safety News - John Percy
| Published 03/06/2014

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Spring Ahead - Fall Back - Change Your Batteries And Clocks This Weekend

It's Not Only A Great idea...It's also the law...and there's a HUGE Fine

Waterloo, Ont - This weekend is a Smart Time to change your batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, while you're changing the time on your clocks.

Waterloo Fire Rescue recommends residents replace the old batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks for the start of daylight savings time this weekend.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” said public education officer John Percy. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks this weekend, Waterloo Fire Rescue wants everyone to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.”

To survive a fire, you need an early warning signal and the knowledge of what to do when the smoke alarms sound. It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended that alarms are installed inside all bedrooms.

It's Seriously The Law

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke alarm is against the law. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

Waterloo Fire Rescue highly recommends that homeowners have working carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, especially outside the sleeping areas.

For more information on fire and life safety, please visit the Waterloo Fire Rescue website at: