Daylight savings ends on November 4 and Windsor Fire and Rescue Services is recommending residents install new 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,” explained 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 install new batteries in all smoke 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.
Tampering with, or removing the batteries from your smoke alarms are against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.
For more information contact:
Lee Tome, Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Tel: (519) 253-3016, ext. 222
Cell: (519) 999-8153
For a copy of the Change Your Clocks Change Your Batteries PSA, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal website at www.ofm.gov.on.ca