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Change your clocks, change your batteries!


A reminder from the Saint John Fire Department

The “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign urges all homeowners, landlords, and tenants to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when adjusting clocks ahead an hour to daylight saving time this Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The main reason smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors do not work is due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of your home safely.

Follow these tips to help keep your family safe:

Change your batteries! Replace old batteries with new, high-quality ones to keep your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors working and ready to protect you. Test your emergency flashlights as well and replace the batteries if required.

Check your alarms! After installing new batteries, make sure the alarms are working by activating the safety test button. The Fire Department recommends testing your alarms at least once a month. 

Place your alarms appropriately! A properly functioning smoke alarm should be placed in every sleeping room and in the hallway directly adjacent to those rooms. Smoke alarms should be located on each level of your home. Depending on how you heat your home, carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.  

Move to a fresh air location! If the carbon monoxide detector sounds, immediately move outdoors or next to an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to re-enter the home.

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

Install fire extinguishers!

For more information, visit www.saintjohn.ca/fire or www.nfpa.org 


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