Time to change your fire alarm batteries

Protect your Appleby Line family and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. This cheap insurance could save there lives.

Just in Ontario alone since January, 20 people have lost their lives during fires. Their deaths including a severely burn young girl could have been prevented if only they installed a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

The Burlington Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they move their clocks forward one hour this Sunday, March 12. Statistics show that while a majority of homes have smoke alarms, nearly half are not working due to lack of maintenance or dead or missing batteries.

Residents are reminded to do their part and protect their homes and families with these life-saving tips from the fire department:

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life

  • • Did you know it’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas? For added protection, the fire department recommends that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. It is also against the law for anyone to remove the batteries or tamper with alarms.

  • • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

  • • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.

  • • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time; most expire after 10 years. If you’re not sure the age of your alarm, it’s best to replace it.

  • • Help is available for seniors and persons with a disability in Burlington who are unable to replace batteries or test their smoke and CO alarms on their own. Call 905 637-8207, ext. 6236 for more information or visit www.burlington.ca/AAP

Give your family a fighting chance with a home fire escape plan

  • • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.

  • • All exits must be accessible and easy to use.

  • • If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their personal needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.

  • • Choose a safe meeting place outside where everyone can be accounted for and call the fire department from outside.

  • • Practise your home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.

If you live in apartment building and you need help to escape

  • • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.

  • • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

  • • Make an escape plan before an emergency happens. Plan around your abilities. If you are physically unable to leave, stay and protect in your unit.