Change smoke alarm batteries this weekend

St. Catharines Fire Department CrestActing St. Catharines Fire Jeff McCormick urges residents to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and change alarm batteries when setting clocks ahead this weekend.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms provide early warning of a problem in the home and everyone needs to get out fast, says the acting fire chief. McCormick says Daylight Savings Time, on Sunday, Mar. 11 this year, serves as a great annual reminder to change smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries when residents are already setting their clocks ahead by one hour as well.

“Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are proven to save lives,” said the acting fire chief. “You can make sure these life-savings devices will work when you need them most 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 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 acting fire chief also advises residents should not throw old batteries out 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. For one week only, residents can place their used batteries at the curb for pickup during their usual garbage and recycling collection day from April 23-27. Learn more at

Source – City of St. Catharines press release



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