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Change clocks, batteries this weekend

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As this weekend's time change approaches, the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service reminds you to make another change that could save lives - “Change the Batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.”

Replacing smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) alarm batteries and testing alarms monthly are two of the simplest, most effective ways to ensure the safety of your family.

Remember, after inserting fresh batteries, push the test buttons for 10 seconds.

Working Smoke Alarms give you the early detection needed to safely escape a fire, and only a working carbon monoxide alarm can alert you to the deadly presence of CO.

Ontario law requires people to have working smoke alarms on every level of their homes and outside all sleeping areas.

The Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service also recommends installing working smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

In addition, Ontario regulations require working carbon monoxide alarms to be installed outside all sleeping areas in homes that have fuel fired appliances, a fireplace, or an attached garage.

Hardwired and battery-operated smoke alarms are required to be replaced every 10 years.

Fire and life safety . . . it starts with you!

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