Change your clocks…Change your smoke alarm batteries

Hey Halton Hills, it’s that time of year again. On Sunday November 2, 2014 the clocks fall back one hour in time. 

Acting Captain Mark Burgerbelieves this the best time to change your smoke alarm and/or CO alarm batteries. Mark adds: “You are already going around your house with a ladder or chair to change your clocks, why not take a few extra minutes to make ensure your family has the proper protection in case of a fire”.

Chief Marshall strongly recommends changing your smoke alarm batteries and then testing the alarm to ensure it will function. Aside from pushing the test button to sound the alarm, another easy way to test it is to hold a lit incense stick 10–12” below the alarm and allow the smoke to drift into the device causing it to sound. 

Once the alarm sounds, fan the smoke away and give the device a quick vacuuming to ensure it is free of dust which can affect the performance of the smoke alarm. New Ontario Law which came into effect on October 15, 2014 makes it mandatory to replace smoke alarms to meet the manufacturers’ specifications. The manufactures expiry date should be found stamped on the device. However, generally speaking, the life span of a smoke alarm is 7 to 10 years.

Mayor Rick Bonnette says: “Properly installed and maintained, working smoke alarms prevents injuries and save lives”. Mayor Bonnette adds: “With the minimal cost of smoke alarms today, everyone should have working smoke alarms in their homes. With a little extra effort, we can prevent unnecessary tragedies”. 

Thanks for reading we are here to help keep your family and your largest investment safe.

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