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2013-11-01 at 13:24

REMINDER: Turn clocks back, change smoke alarm batteries this weekend

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The end of daylight savings time means more than turning the clock back an hour before hitting the sack on Saturday night.

For city fire officials, it’s a reminder to residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

On Friday Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and the Canadian Hearing Society teamed up at Intercity Shopping Centre to deliver that message to the shopping public.

“Every time change is an opportunity to remind people to test their smoke alarms and put in new batteries,” said Anthony Stokaluk, a public information officer with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.

“Smoke alarms 10 years-of-age or older should be replaced. It is so important to have an early warning system in place to have more time to escape a fire. It is the law to have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.”

Working smoke alarms save lives. They are also mandatory under the law. Residents must have a smoke alarm on every floor in their home.

“We want to remind people that they need to have working smoke alarms in their home in order to be alerted in case of a fire,” said Nancy Patterson, regional director at Canadian Hearing Society Thunder Bay.

“We also wanted to educate everyone about visual smoke alarms to alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

A visual smoke alarm emits a sound, but also flashes a light as a warning to those who can’t hear. About 25 per cent of Canadians have some hearing loss, a number that climbs to 40 per cent in people aged 65 or older.



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Stephen says:

I don't have to check the batteries. Mine goes off every time I burn the toast.
11/1/2013 9:57:41 PM
Arch Stanton says:
Ditto that... except it's every time we open the oven door!
11/2/2013 10:27:46 AM
tsb says:
They make smoke detectors now that can be easily silenced when you're cooking. If you are finding it is that sensitive, maybe relocate the detector a bit further from your cooking area or clean your stove/toaster so that it produces less smoke.

Considering Daylight Savings is now 8 months long, I think it is time for us to change the times when we're checking/replacing batteries for smoke detectors. When DST was six months on, six months off it wasn't too weird but at 8 months on, four months off it's a bit uneven. What if the battery dies at the 6th month of DST and we don't check it until two months after?

And a reminder for renters: If you RENT, your LANDLORD is RESPONSIBLE. Notify them if you have issues, they are required by law to make sure your smoke detectors are working, and that your home is kept warm in the winter. It is illegal to rent out a residential unit that is not heated or has no working smoke detectors.
11/2/2013 12:53:55 PM
mazda323 says:
wouldn't it be nice if we could be like Saskatchewan and not do daylight savings time at all? It's not like we really save anything after all. We should pick a time zone and stick with it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is totally buggered up by the time change. I'm also sure that we can be given the responsibility of checking our smoke alarms without being reminded by a twice yearly time change.
11/4/2013 8:00:54 AM
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