Reminder: Change The Batteries In Your Smoke Alarm This Weekend

Friday March 8th, 2013

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Windsor Fire Chief Bruce Montone from the windsoriteDOTca files

Daylight savings begins on March 10, 2013, and Windsor Fire and Rescue Services recommends that residents replace the old batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.

“In order for smoke alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” explains Fire Chief Bruce Montone. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks this weekend, Windsor Fire and Rescue Services wants everyone to take the time to change the batteries in all smoke alarms.”

At the same time, they also recommend that you check the age of your smoke alarms. Windsor Fire and Rescue Services recommends replacing all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if the manufacturer recommends it.

It’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

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

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