BY VOICE STAFF
Clocks will spring ahead one hour at 2 AM Sunday morning. Welland Fire and Emergency Services is recommending residents install new batteries in 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,” said Deputy Fire Chief Adam Eckhart. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks on March 11, Welland Fire and Emergency Services wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms.”
Working smoke alarms are required 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.
Tampering with or removing the batteries from smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.