Spring forward; fall backward.
As per tradition, at 2 am on March 12, the clocks are moved ahead by one hour.
It is also – as National Fire Protection Association notes – the perfect time to check and recheck smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and replace batteries.
Three of every five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms, or no smoke alarms at all.
Additionally, dead batteries caused nearly 25 per cent of smoke alarm failures.
Along with a working smoke alarm, one should also have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. As of 2015, the Hawkins-Gignac Act (in Ontario) was introduced, making it mandatory to have CO alarms outside of each bedroom.
CO is a colourless, odourless gas caused by the burning of fuels such as natural gas, wood or propane.
Too much exposure to CO could cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting or other “sick” feelings and even death.
Ensure that all vents and ducts for stoves, dryers, furnaces, and fireplaces are cleared regularly.
Reading the manufacturer’s instructions will tell you where to place the CO alarm, how to care for the alarm and when to replace it.
CO alarms have different beeping patterns that indicate if there is the presence of CO, and also when the batteries need replacing. If the CO alarms beeps, to indicate the presence of CO, immediately move to fresh air outside and call 911.
“Do not re-enter the building; wait for the arrival of the fire department,” noted Markham Fire Chief Dave Decker.
BY CONNOR SIMONDS