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Change your clock, change your battery!


The Saint John Fire Department reminds you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks back on Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries! Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality batteries to keep your smoke alarms ready to protect you all year-long. Test your emergency flashlights as well to make sure they work when you need them, and replace the batteries if required.

Check Your Smoke Alarms! After inserting fresh batteries in your smoke alarm, make sure the alarm is working by activating the safety test button. The fire department recommends testing smoke alarms at least once each month. If you have any doubt regarding the working condition of a smoke alarm, replace it. Replace your smoke alarms with new devices every 10 years.

Count Your Smoke Alarms! A properly functioning smoke alarm should be placed in every sleeping room and in the hallway directly adjacent to those rooms. If sleeping rooms are on an upper level, a smoke alarm should be installed in the center of the ceiling directly above the interior stairway.

Clean Your Smoke Alarms! Gently use a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove dust and cobwebs. If your smoke alarms have been painted or otherwise contaminated, replacement may be necessary.

Practice your escape plans with your children. Children can become scared and confused when a fire erupts, increasing their risk of injury or death. Practicing the escape plan will make help them recognize the sound of the smoke alarm and remember how to get out of the house. Create at least two different escape routes from every room and practice them with the entire family.

For more information, visit saintjohn.ca/fire or call 658-2910.