A sound you can live with – the blare of your smoke detectors


Change your clock, Change your battery :

This slogan was developed by The National Fire Protection Association and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs:  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.
Reviewed by Trauma specialists at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Last updated: September 2015


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