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November 5, 2010
Change your clock, change your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries
City of Toronto Fire Services is reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clock (back by one hour) on Sunday, November 7. The time change takes effect officially at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Approximately 80 per cent of all fire deaths occur in the home. The majority of those deaths occur at night when people are asleep and in most cases in homes that are without working smoke alarms (In some cases the batteries are no longer working).

“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 Sunday, remember to replace the batteries in every single smoke alarm in your home to provide early warning and critical seconds to escape.”

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America. Toronto Fire Services responded to 3,850 carbon monoxide related calls in last year. Carbon monoxide is a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is produced by gas or oil furnaces, space and water heaters, clothes dryers, ovens, wood stoves and automobiles.

In addition to changing alarm device batteries:
• Replace smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at least every 10 years.
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms monthly.
• Practice an escape plan with your entire family, including pets. Make sure there are two ways out of every room. All doors and windows must be easy to open without a key or special effort. Have a meeting place outside, and when you are out, stay out.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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