Modern homes burn very quickly, making smoke alarms the quickest and most effective way to alert you and your family of an emergency. It’s the law that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Smoke alarm replacement>
Smoke alarms don’t last forever. After 10 years, smoke alarms need to be replaced with new alarms. To find out when your smoke alarms expire, check the "replace by" sticker on the side of the smoke alarm or the manufacturer's date on the back of the alarm.
Carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installation>
Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless, and tasteless gas, also known as the 'silent killer'. Without a working carbon monoxide alarm, there is no way of knowing if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
If you have a fuel burning appliance or attached garage, it is the law to have working carbon monoxide alarms installed outside all sleeping areas in your home. Some examples of fuel burning appliances include fireplace, furnace, stove, water heater, etc.
Carbon monoxide alarms can be plug-in alarms, battery operated, or a combination alarm. For added protection you can install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and in furnace rooms in addition to outside sleeping areas.
Carbon monoxide alarm replacement>
Carbon monoxide alarms don’t last forever. Carbon monoxide alarms expire every 5-7 years. Check the "replace by" date on the side of the alarm or the manufacturer's date on the back. If you have a combination alarm, the replacement date is 10 years.
Maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms>
To maintain your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and ensure they are working in the case of an emergency:
Test your alarms monthly or according to the manufacturer’s guidelines
Replace your alarms before their expiration date, which you can find on the side or back of the alarm. Most alarms expire every 7 to 10 years
Replace alarm batteries at least once a year or whenever the low battery warning sounds
Landlord and tenant responsibilities>
Landlords are responsible for installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties. Landlords must test alarms in rental units annually, or when:
Changes are made to the electric circuit
The battery alarm is replaced
Landlords also must provide the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions to the tenants.
Tenants must notify their landlord if their smoke or carbon monoxide alarms aren’t working. Tenants cannot remove the alarm batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.
Alarm testing program>
Through our Home Safe Home program, we visit homes in the community and test all the alarms. This program is a great opportunity to learn how to maintain your alarms and ensure your home is protected. Contact us at 905-640-9595 to arrange a home visit.
After the fire program>
Our After the Fire program provides fire safety information to residents on streets where a fire occurred. If you aren’t home when we attend, we will leave a door hanger on your home with fire safety tips and contact information.