Oshawa Fire Services reminds community members to replace the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when they spring forward this weekend. Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 when clocks are set ahead one hour. This is an important reminder for everyone to try to make a difference in preventing household fires.
Working smoke alarms save lives. For as little as $20, the cost of a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm is one of the best investments you can make to keep your family safe.
It is required by law that all landlords and homeowners have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Removing or tampering with smoke and carbon monoxide devices can result in fines of up to $50,000 for an individual and/or one-year imprisonment.
Mark your calendar to remember to test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are more than 10 years old. It is also important that everyone in your home knows what to do should a smoke alarm sound. Be sure that your family has an escape plan, complete with a meeting place, and practice it regularly.
If your home does not yet have a carbon monoxide alarm, now is the time to purchase one. The Ontario Fire Code requires every house, condo, apartment, hotel and university residence with a fuel-burning device, and any building with an attached garage, to have a working carbon monoxide alarm.
Oshawa fire services reminds residents that smoke alarms should be installed on every storey and outside of all sleeping areas in your home. For added protection, they also suggest installing a smoke alarm inside the bedroom. The same rules apply for carbon monoxide (CO2) alarms as well.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be changed in the spring and fall. And if alarms are more than 10 years old, they should be replaced.