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March 31, 2006
Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries
When you change your clocks this Sunday, change your smoke alarm batteries too. It could save you, your family and your pets. As of March 1, 2006 every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every floor and outside all sleeping areas.

It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of their home and outside sleeping areas.

It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law. Rental property tenants that do not have the required number of smoke alarms should contact their landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.

Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.
  • when installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement, testing and maintenance
  • test your smoke alarms every month using the test button
  • replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps
  • replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are more than ten years old
  • cooking or steam from the shower can cause smoke alarms to activate. Do not remove the battery. Instead, try moving the alarm to a different location or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.

For further information, please contact Toronto Fire Services, Fire Prevention Division by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338, or visit our website at

Media contact:

Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
Public Information Office



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