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Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds you to check alarm batteries when you change clocks

March 5, 2018 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds Kingstonians to test all  smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and change batteries when moving clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 11.

Guarantee alarms will work properly: always install new batteries in life safety devices and press the test button to confirm the devices are operational. Hard-wired (electric) smoke alarms and all carbon monoxide alarms must also be tested monthly.

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

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.  Only working alarms save lives.

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

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Contact fireprevention@cityofkingston.ca or 613.548.4001 ext. 5123 for more information.