Change Smoke Alarm Batteries When Clocks Spring Forward Sunday

A reminder to residents to change the batteries in their household smoke alarms this weekend, timed with Daylight Saving Time. Clocks in North America “spring forward” one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Consider your household smoke alarm to be the most important clock that needs to be changed. Most fatal home fires happen at night when people are sleeping. Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake you. 
A working smoke alarm can save your life.

Residents should test smoke alarms once a month, replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old, and change the batteries routinely in the spring and fall when clocks are changed.

Victoria residents can arrange for a free home visit by a Fire Prevention Officer, who will determine the best locations for a smoke alarm, install new alarms, or test existing ones. If you reside in a single family home, duplex or townhouse and require a new smoke alarm, you may be eligible to receive one free of charge. The service is available to anyone who resides in the City of Victoria.

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