This Sunday’s time change marks a wonderful milestone for 2016. Canadians everywhere can begin to fantasize about pulling out patio furniture, prepping yards and a good old fashioned spring cleaning.
Before anyone even touches their clocks and mops, Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) are encouraging Canadians to give one task special preference – Checking smoke alarms and changing their batteries.
Although smoke detectors are an essential in the home, being out of sight up on the ceiling often means they are neglected. Duracell and the CAFC implore Canadians to add the following tasks to the time and spring cleaning routine:
● Spring Clean Routine: Smoke alarms are very sensitive, so even dust or insects can trigger it to go off. Be sure to clean the alarm with a soft brush or vacuum regularly.
● Sound the Right Alarm: There are two types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. Make sure you have the right type of alarm in the proper areas of the house.
● Gut check: Regularly test fire alarms to ensure the battery and the alarm sounder are operating. This will also familiarize everyone in the home with the sound that is emitted when the unit detects smoke. Refer to manufacturer’s guide for testing procedure.
● Replace the batteries: It’s important to replace your smoke alarm batteries yearly. Try replacing your batteries every spring when you change your clocks.
All these little check lists may not sound like a big deal but one never knows when a fire might break out and it is better to be prepared beforehand than to be faced with a tragedy after the fact.