Change your clock, Change your battery :
Use daylight savings time changes as a reminder to change your batteries, approximately every 6 months. Doing it will save lives.
Installing your smoke detector properly:
- Make sure your smoke detector has the Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) stamp of approval.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and cleaning.
- Install at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house, including the basement. For added protection, you should also install a smoke detector outside each bedroom.
- Replace all smoke detectors after 10 years.
- Consider buying a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector, which costs more money but is well worth it.
- There are smoke detectors equipped with a lithium battery which last up to 10 years.
Making sure your smoke detector is working properly:
- Ideally, you should test each smoke detector in your house once a month. This makes sure the battery is properly connected and working, and that the alarm rings. Each smoke detector has a test button for this purpose.
- Buy a few extra batteries when you buy your detector so that you always have some on hand.
Last updated: July 2018