As you change your clock, check your smoke detector too

Firefighters on and off the island are asking everyone take a minute or two this weekend to ensure their home is equipped with a very important life saving device.

Along with the reminder to move your clocks forward an hour comes the biannual to change the batteries in your smoke detector and test it to make sure it's working properly.

It's estimated one in five homes have a non-functional smoke alarm, but those numbers could be even more worrying.

Following a massive fire inside an apartment building on Toulouse St. that killed three people last month, Longueuil firefighters conducted door-to-door checks of about 200 homes in the surrounding area. The quick survey found that in 40 per cent of homes visited the smoke detector was not working or non-existent.

Many residents of the building on Toulouse said the alarm system did not go off the night of the fire.

Last year a coroner's report said in Montreal more than 100 deaths caused by a fire over the past decade could have been prevented by a working smoke alarm.