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Time to Change your Clocks and the Batteries in all Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

March 6, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE - Clocks will spring forward one hour at 2am on March 8 and the North Grenville Fire Service is recommending residents install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks. 

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” explained Fire Chief John Okum. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks on March 8, North Grenville Fire Service would like everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms.”

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.  

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

“Fire prevention is the first line of defense against loss of life and also property from fire. I strongly encourage everyone to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes,” stated Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“On March 8th be sure to change your clocks and change your batteries,” added Mayor Peckford. 

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.  

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For more information contact:
North Grenville Fire Prevention
613-258-9569 Ext. 205