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Kingston Fire & Rescue: check your alarm batteries when you change your clocks

March 10, 2016 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds Kingstonians to change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries when moving clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 13.

"Smoke and CO alarms can save lives, but only if they are in good working order. Make sure you have them in your home and test them regularly.  Keep track of how old they are and replace them at least every 10 years," says Paul Patry, assistant chief and director of fire prevention.

Ontario law requires properly functioning smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside sleeping areas. Hard-wired (electric) smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms must also be tested monthly. To guarantee alarms will work properly, always install new batteries in life safety devices and press the test button to confirm the devices are operational.

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms have a maximum life expectancy of 5 to 10 years and should be replaced as per the manufacturers' instructions.

Tenants: contact your landlord immediately if your rental property does not have the required number of smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.  It is against the law for tenants to remove or tamper with smoke or carbon monoxide alarms in any way.

Failure to comply the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements may result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, homeowners, and tenants or $100,000 for corporations.

Drop off old batteries

If  you need to replace your batteries, drop off the old ones for proper disposal at one of these locations: City Hall, 216 Ontario St.; the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau 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 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 department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.