Time to spring forward and install new batteries in smoke and carbon monoxyde alarms

Clocks will spring forward one hour at 2 am on March 12th and the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department is recommending residents install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” explained Martin Saumure, Division Chief-Fire Prevention and Public Education. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks on March 12th, the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms.”

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. 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.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.

For more information contact:

Martin Saumure, Division Chief-Fire Prevention & Public Education

Clarence-Rockland Fire Department

613-446-6022, ext. 2305