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Kingston Fire & Rescue says it's time to fall back and change your batteries

November 1, 2018 –

Daylight savings ends on Sunday, Nov. 4, and Kingstonians are reminded to set their clocks back by one hour. "This day presents the perfect opportunity to replace batteries in your smoke and CO alarms," says Shawn Armstrong, chief of Kingston Fire & Rescue.

"Working smoke and CO alarms provide people with an early warning to safely escape potentially life-threatening situations, and they're legally required," he adds.

The Ontario Fire Code states you must have properly functioning smoke and CO alarms, and that you test these alarms monthly. Smoke alarms are required on every storey of a home, and outside sleeping areas. To learn more about where smoke and CO alarm devices must be located in a dwelling, please consult Kingston Fire & Rescue's safety and prevention pages.

To guarantee alarms work properly, always install new batteries per the manufacturer's instructions. Press the test button to confirm the devices are operational. Smoke 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 properly functioning or the required number of smoke and CO alarms. It is against the law for tenants to remove or tamper with smoke or CO 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 $295 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, homeowners, and tenants or $100,000 for corporations.

What to do with your old batteries

Batteries should never go in your regular garbage. Put your used batteries out for collection in a clear, sealed plastic bag beside your curbside waste the collection week of Nov. 5 to 9. Or drop your used batteries off anytime at one of these locations:

  • City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC),  196 Lappan's Lane

Find a list of additional drop-off locations at www.rawmaterials.com or www.call2recycle.org.