Time to change the batteries

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Clocks went forward one hour at 2 am last weekend, 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. Now that you’ve change your clocks, 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.

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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