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Kingston Fire & Rescue reminder: change your batteries when you change your clocks

October 30, 2017 -

Working smoke and CO alarms save lives.  Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds Kingstonians to test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and change the batteries in them when moving clocks back an hour to end Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, Nov. 5.  Put used single-use batteries out for collection next week.

Battery Collection: Nov. 6-10

Check and/or change the batteries when you change your clocks on Sunday – and take advantage of the City's battery collection next week. Put your used batteries in a clear, sealed plastic bag and place it on the ground by your recycling for your collection Nov. 6 to 10.

You can also drop off used single-use batteries at City Hall, the INVISTA Centre, or the Kingston Area Recycling Centre.  Find a list of additional drop-off locations at or

You must have Smoke and CO Alarms. It's the Law.

Ontario law requires you have 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 should contact their landlord immediately if their rental property does not have the required number of smoke alarms or if the alarms require maintenance.  It is against the law for tenants to remove smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm batteries or tamper with devices in any way.

Failure to comply the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm or carbon monoxide 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.

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. 

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