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Use the extra hour you gain this weekend to replace the batteries in your alarms, recommends KFR
October 31, 2019 -
Daylight savings ends on Sunday, Nov. 3, and Kingstonians are reminded to set their clocks back by one hour. "This is the perfect time for you to replace the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms," says Ted Posadowski, Chief Fire Prevention Officer with Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR).
Batteries still seem be working? Don't chance it, says Posadowski. "We should never cut corners with life safety devices. 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 working 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 KFR's safety and prevention pages.
To guarantee alarms work properly, 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 in accordance with 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 and CO alarm requirements may result in a ticket or a fine for individuals, homeowners, tenants and 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. 4 to 8. 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.