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Did you change your batteries? What about Grandma's?

March 14, 2017 -

Every time you change your clocks, Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds you to change your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries. Now, the first responder is reminding you to check your grandparents' batteries, too .

"Show your folks you love them by making sure they are fire safe. Some seniors have balance or mobility issues that make it more difficult to check smoke and CO alarms," says Paul Patry, chief fire prevention officer.  

Kingston Fire & Rescue consulted with the Seniors Association in developing its campaign to remind you to make sure your grandparents – and anyone you care about – is safe by:

  • Testing and/or changing batteries in their smoke and CO alarms.
  • Keeping their back doorways clear for an easy exit in case of fire.
  • Making sure they know how to escape their buildings in a fire.
  • Checking that they are not plugging too many items into one outlet.
  • For more fire preventions tips go to www.CityofKingston.ca/FirePrevention.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300 or Paul Patry, chief fire prevention officer, 613-548-4001, ext. 5127.