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smoke alarmTime to change your clocks and the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Clocks will spring forward one hour at 2:00 am on March 10th and Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services is recommending residents check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” explained Fire Chief Doug Barfoot.

“Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks on March 10th, Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms.”

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and have a plan for when the smoke alarms sound. Working smoke alarms are required, by law, to be installed on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Working alarms save lives.

source: media release, City of Owen Sound

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