Posted 3.7.15 @ 15:10
How time flies! It seems that just yesterday, we were in the throes of winter and now, spring is definitely in the air! The balmy morning air is getting warmer and warmer and everything is turning greener. But wait, have you changed your clock and alarm batteries yet?
Last Sunday, March 8, 2015 marks the date we are all supposed to change our clocks to daylight savings time. Not just that, the Oakville Fire Department also wants to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – just to start the spring with a safety gesture.
Keeping Residents Safe
Do you know that the majority of fatal fires which happens in Ontario could have been stopped if only there was a working smoke alarm in the home? It is worrying that many people realize how much it meant to change batteries when it is already too late - and that is what the Oakville Fire Department wants to change.
By reminding Oakvillians to change the batteries in their alarms twice a year (when they switch to and from daylight savings time), the Oakville Fire Department believes this reminder is an easy and effective way to keep everyone’s family safe and to prevent house fires, according to Deputy Fire Chief George Birtig.
Do Your Part
In Ontario, the law requires that there should be working smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and at least one on every storey of the home. More so, starting October 15, 2014, each home is also required to have carbon monoxide alarms installed. The Oakville Fire Department goes one step farther and recommends that a smoke alarm should be installed inside all bedrooms for an extra layer of safety.
Do you know that smoke alarms are only good for 10 years? Yes, they should be replaced once they’ve hit the 10 year mark. As for carbon monoxide alarms, the recommended replacement time varies from every 5 to 10 years. We should all follow the replacement schedule. Just in case you’ve just moved in a new home and you have no idea or cannot verify how old the alarms are, make sure to have all new ones installed to be on the safe side.
Can you get in trouble for not following the requirements above? Yes! Besides the illegal acts of tampering with or permanently removing a smoke alarm’s battery, failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements of the Fire Code can result to you getting a ticket for $235 or you getting fined up to $50,000.
There are many more ways to ensure that your family and you will be safe. In fact, it should be a part of your spring routine to go through all the steps of the home fire safety and escape plan with your loved ones. Remember, the best time to prepare for such fire safety is before it is too late. Act now!
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