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October 27, 2006
This weekend ‘change your clock, change your batteries’
As clocks are turned back this weekend, Toronto Fire Services reminds residents to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Effective March 1, 2006, all Ontario residents must install smoke alarms on every storey of their home, whether owner-occupied or rented.

“Ontario’s new legislation now requires smoke alarms on every level of your home,” said Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart. “So this weekend, remember to replace the batteries in every single smoke alarm in your home.”

Most home fires start when people are asleep. Instead of waking you up, smoke from a fire can put you into an even deeper sleep. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and immediately sound to alert you. This early warning will increase your chances for survival by providing more time to escape. The majority of fire deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. Installing and maintaining home smoke alarms will help cut these risks in half.

Smoke alarms are inexpensive, easy to install and should be tested regularly by pressing the test button. By gently vacuuming out your unit, you can also prevent a build-up of dust that can activate false alarms or prevent your alarm from detecting the smoke from a fire.

In addition to maintaining smoke alarms, families should develop a step-by-step home escape plan so that all members, especially children and older adults, are knowledgeable and confident about how to escape in the event of a fire.

Last year in Ontario, 86 people died in fires.

For more information, visit the Toronto Fire Services website at

Media contact:
Toronto Fire Services on-call, 416-338-0044



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