DON’T FALL BEHIND: Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries

News Release

October 28, 2013

DON’T FALL BEHIND: Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries

Daylight savings ends on November 3, 2013 and the Town of Caledon Fire & Emergency Services is recommending residents check their electrical and battery operated smoke alarms for operation and 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 be operational, ensuring the A/C power source is on and have working batteries,” said Fire Chief Terry Irwin. “Twice annually, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries.”

Smoke alarms can be electrically powered, battery powered, or a combination of both. If you are installing an electrically powered alarm it is recommended that it have a battery back-up in case of power failures. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and replaced after 10 years or according to the recommendation from the manufacturer. Electrically powered smoke alarms cannot be replaced with battery powered 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.

Chief Irwin also emphasized the importance of developing a home escape plan. You may have only seconds to safely escape your home. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room if possible, and discuss a meeting place. Download an escape plan today at http://www.safeathome.ca.

Tampering with or removing batteries from an alarm is 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 on smoke alarms, please contact Caledon Fire & Emergency Services at 905.584.2272 x. 4303 or visit http://www.caledon.ca/fire .

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