Change The Clock, Change The Battery In Your Smoke Alarm

As people move their clocks ahead one hour this weekend, the Tecumseh fire department is reminding people to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Clocks will move forward one hour at 2am on March 11.

Tecumseh Fire Prevention Officer Bob Hamilton says it's vital to keep those devices in good working order.

He says it does save lives.

"You've got 90 seconds to get out of your home, once the alarm goes off. If the alarm doesn't go off, there is a chance you may not get out."

Hamilton says people need to be aware of the alarm's age as well.

"Take a look at the smoke alarms and COs to make sure they are under 10 years old, if they are over 10 years old, they need to be replaced."

He says people should do their research if they need to replace their alarms.

"Take a look at what's on the market and make sure they are getting something for their needs to keep it simple," he says. "Sometimes they have a high ceiling and if you have to go up on that high ceiling every year to change the battery, maybe it is a 10 year battery that you are putting up there."

Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside of sleeping areas.  

Removing the batteries is against the law and could result in a fine.