This weekend, daylight saving time begins and clocks will turn ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on March 12. Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents when changing their clocks, to also take the time to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and replace alarm batteries.
Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms offer important early warning signals that help save lives.
“Last year, Ontario saw record-high numbers of fire-related and carbon monoxide-related deaths. These are very concerning statistics,” says John Whelan ,Fire Chief with Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services. “The best way Quinte West residents can protect themselves and their families from these dangers is to make sure their home has working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” says Whelan.
Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services cautions residents that tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to have properly-working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the home can result in a $360 fine or other charges under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.