Take time to check, change alarm batteries this weekend: Scugog Fire Department
Durham Region

SCUGOG — Take time to check and change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when the clocks spring forward this weekend, urges the Scugog Fire Department.

With Daylight time arriving at 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, the fire department is advising residents to take a peek at their home alarms to ensure they’re in proper working order.

The spring and fall time changes are “an ideal time” to check and change batteries in the mandatory alarms, said Chief Mark Berney.

He added that when changing the batteries, residents should also take a look at the age of the alarm as smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have a lifespan of about 10 years.

For those with newer alarms that have 10-year batteries, the alarms should still be tested to make sure they’re working, added the fire chief.

He also urged residents to take some time to inspect and clean the devices.

The alarms, stressed the fire chief, “are no different than anything else that sits around for awhile — they get dusty, so maybe vacuum them or clean them.”

Under provincial regulations, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Ontario law also requires a working carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas if there is a fireplace or any fuel-burning appliance in the home or an attached garage.

For more information or assistance with smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors, call the Scugog Fire Department at 905-985-2384.

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