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November 2, 2007
This weekend ‘Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries’
As clocks are turned back this weekend, The City’s Toronto Fire Services Division reminds residents to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“Ontario’s legislation requires that smoke alarms be installed and maintained on every level of a home, and outside all sleeping areas,” 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.

For more information, visit Advice for dealing with nuisance alarms can be found at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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