The Town of Milton and the Milton Fire Department would like to remind you of some important information regarding the end of daylight savings time this weekend.
October 28, 2015
End of Daylight Savings Time prompts reminder to test smoke alarms and change batteries
This year, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1st, and the Milton Fire Department is recommending that residents install new batteries in their smoke alarms when they change back their clocks.
“In order for smoke alarms to do their job and save lives, they need to have working batteries,” explained Fire Chief Brian Ellsworth. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. It is the law to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home, so what better opportunity to think about fire safety than during the extra hour we gain back this weekend.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms provide an early warning in order to survive a fire or CO poisoning incident. The law requires residents to have working smoke alarms 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 and CO alarms adjacent to utility rooms and sleeping areas.
Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.
“The Milton Fire Department also recommends reviewing your personal and family’s emergency plan this fall,” added Chief Ellsworth. “Knowing how to respond when a smoke alarm sounds will help you and your loved ones survive an emergency situation.”
For more information on fire safety, visit www.miltonfire.ca or call 905-878-9251.
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For further information, please contact:
Brian Ellsworth, Fire Chief
905-878-7252, ext. 2807
Dave Pratt, Deputy Fire Chief
905-878-7252, ext. 2809