Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!

Each year, many people in Canada die in fires that can be prevented with working smoke alarms. It’s not enough to just install smoke alarms; it’s important to have them where they are needed and to make sure they will work properly if there is a fire in your home.

Below are some general guidelines on the proper maintenance of your home’s smoke alarms.

New Smoke Alarms

Every month

Twice a year

Change the batteries in all smoke alarms twice a year or follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for changing the battery.

Every two years

Every 10 years

If the smoke alarm is not working

Fire safety also depends on every member of the household knowing what to do and having an escape plan. If you do not have an emergency plan, take a few minutes to create one today.

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

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