Friday, March 11, 2011

Change your smoke alarm batteries with the change to daylight saving time


The following message is from Mark Grimes.

The City of Toronto encourages all residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when moving their clocks ahead by an hour this weekend for daylight saving time. The time change takes effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

By installing and maintaining a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best defense against the devastating effects of fire. By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, working smoke alarms can cut in half your family’s likelihood of dying in a fire.

Tips for installing and maintaining smoke alarms:
  • When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement, testing and maintenance.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.
  • Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are 10 years old and older
  • Do not remove the smoke alarm battery if cooking smoke or steam from the shower activates the alarm. Instead, try relocating the alarm or install a smoke alarm with a "hush" button feature that will temporarily silence the alarm. 

It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain their smoke alarms - and of landlords to ensure that their rental properties comply with the law. Tenants who do not have the required number of smoke alarms should contact their landlord immediately.

More smoke alarm information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/smoke_alarms.htm