Set your clocks back, test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

From City Hall:

Nov. 1, 2018 – When you are setting your clock back this Sunday for Daylight Savings Time, test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms as well, urges Deputy Fire Chief Frank Biancucci.

Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms provide early warning when there’s a problem in the home and everyone needs to get out fast, says the deputy fire chief. Daylight Savings Time, on Sunday, Nov. 4 this year, serves as a great reminder to test the alarms and change batteries if needed.

“Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are proven to save lives when they are working,” the deputy fire chief said. “You can make sure these life-savings devices will work when you need them to by giving them new batteries and testing them once a month, including hard-wired electrical alarms. When replacing batteries, always make sure the replacement batteries are the type recommended by the manufacturer.”

Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every storey of a home and outside all sleeping areas. Working carbon monoxide alarms are required in the sleeping areas of homes that have wood burning fireplaces, attached garages or fuel-burning appliances, such as gas furnaces, gas stoves or gas water heaters.

Learn about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, home escape plans, emergency preparedness and more home safety tips at

Drop off old batteries

The deputy fire chief also advises residents to not throw out old batteries with the trash. Instead, old batteries can be dropped off in a bin on the second floor at St. Catharines City Hall (50 Church St.) or a Niagara Region household hazardous waste drop-off depot.