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Change clocks and smoke/CO alarm batteries

March 6, 2015 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds citizens to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries when moving clocks forward an hour to daylight time on Sunday, March 8.

Kingston Fire and Rescue reminds everyone that it is critical to have a home escape plan and working smoke alarms to provide occupants with enough early warning to safely escape a residential fire. 

The law in Ontario requires properly functioning smoke alarms on every storey of each home and outside sleeping areas.

Hard-wired (electric) smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested monthly. Always press the test button to confirm your alarms work after changing the batteries.

Smoke alarms and CO alarms have a maximum life expectancy of five to 10 years and should be replaced as per the manufacturers' instructions.

Tenants should contact their landlord immediately if their rental property does not have the required number of smoke alarms.  It is against the law for tenants to remove smoke alarm batteries or tamper with smoke alarms in any way.

Failure to comply the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements may result in a ticket of $235 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, homeowners, and tenants or $100,000 for corporations.

Drop off old batteries

Drop off your old batteries for proper disposal at one of these locations: City Hall, 216 Ontario St.; the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau St.; Portsmouth Olympic  Harbour, 53 Yonge St.; or the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan's Lane.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.