Along with changing the clocks this weekend, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is reminding residents to check and change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms.

WFPS usually makes the reminder when the clocks switch, which is happening at 2 a.m. on Sunday. 

Saying that it is important to know what type of smoke or carbon monoxide alarm you have to check to make sure it's working.  

  • Alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to last for up to 10 years. If this type of alarm chirps periodically to warn you that the 10-year battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • Alarms with any other type of battery need new batteries at least once per year. If that alarm chirps periodically to warn you the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Test units by pressing and holding the button until the alarm sounds. If the alarm doesn’t sound, replace the batteries if possible. If the alarm still doesn’t sound, replace the unit.
  • Alarms that have exceeded their expiry date should be replaced even if they still work.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for replacing batteries in your alarm. The date of manufacture can be found on the back or on the side of the smoke alarm.

Ensuring that both are working correctly can keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.

  • If your smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm uses disposable batteries, change them twice per year when the time changes.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide exposure, and practice your escape plan.
  • In case of a fire, get out of the building, stay out, and call 911.
  • If your carbon monoxide alarm activates do not attempt to find the source of the leak. Exit the building immediately and call 911.

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