The clocks will fall back on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 a.m. Oshawa Fire Services is reminding all community members to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks this weekend. This important task is just one way everyone can make a difference in preventing household fires.
It is required by law that all landlords and homeowners have working smoke alarms on every story 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.
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.
Smoke alarms need to be tested monthly and replaced if they are more than 10 years old. Additionally, ensure that all members of the household know 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.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of your home according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change the batteries spring and fall.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to the manufacturer’s recommendations or if they are more than 10 years old.