The London Fire Department is issuing a reminder to residents, as we prepare to turn the clocks back one hour this weekend.
When Daylight Savings Time comes to an end early Sunday morning, local fire officials are encouraging homeowners to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Rick Jefferson with the London Fire Department said some people may not know that the alarms wear out, and need to be replaced every 10 years.
“Usually, the ones that you buy now, there’s a sticker right on the side of them, and it’s like an expiry date on a carton of milk, it’ll tell you exactly when you should have that thing replaced,” said Jefferson. “The thing is, people will push the test button and think, ‘oh, it’s making a noise so it’s fine,’ that just tells you it’s making a noise, it doesn’t tell you if it can properly detect smoke, and as they get older, the chance for both not being able to detect smoke, and for giving you false alarms increases.”
He estimates about 20 per cent of London households do not have working smoke alarms.
“There’s always room for improvement,” Jefferson said. “We are out there with our public displays and public information. Right now, we’re right in the middle of carbon monoxide awareness week, and more and more people, that’s the topic they want to talk about when we’re out in the community.”
Working smoke alarms are required on each level of your home, while CO detectors are mandated outside all sleeping areas.
Daylight Savings Time officially comes to an end at 2a.m. Sunday morning. It returns on Sunday, March 12th at 2a.m.
Some parts of Canada don’t observe the time change, including almost all of Saskatchewan, which is on central standard time year-round.