Spring ahead and change your batteries: Waterloo Fire Rescue
CBC News
 
Waterloo Fire Rescue is reminding people to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend after they change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
 

Waterloo Fire Chief Richard Hepditch says fresh batteries are needed for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

"Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new ones," he said in a release. "When you change your clocks this weekend, Waterloo Fire Rescue wants everyone to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms."

In Ontario, it's the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home. It's also the law to have a working carbon monoxide alarm near all sleeping areas in the home.

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm is against the law, the service noted. People who fail to comply with the Ontario Fire Code can be handed a ticket for $360 or fined up to $50,000, depending on the offence.

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