Oshawa Chief urges changing batteries for safety when turning back clocks

Oshawa Fire Chief Clark is reminding residents and homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when they move their clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 4.

To help ensure your family’s safety change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms as he suggests. You can dispose of old batteries during the Oshawa curbside battery collection, which takes place from November 5 – 9 on your regular blue box collection day.

Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced if they are more than 10 years old. It is also important that everyone knows what to do should a smoke alarm sound. Be sure that your family not only has an escape plan, complete with a meeting place, but also that you practice it regularly.

If your home does not yet have a carbon monoxide alarm, this is a good time to get one and save lives. 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.

Removing or tampering with smoke and carbon monoxide devices can result in fines up to $50,000 for an individual and/or one-year imprisonment.

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