FREDERICTON (GNB) – As New Brunswickers spring ahead to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, they are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Clocks should be moved forward one hour as of 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are the first line of defence,” said fire marshal Mike Lewis. “A working smoke alarm remains the single most effective tool in preventing fire deaths and injuries by giving you precious moments to escape. Check that they are working properly by changing batteries and testing them.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal urges the public to follow these steps to ensure their home is protected:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home including the basement.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are older than 10 years, whether they are battery powered or hardwired.
  • If you have an attached garage or any device that burns wood, gas, oil or propane, install a carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas. Replace these alarms every seven to 10 years depending upon the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Press the test button on each smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. If it sounds, it confirms power is present and circuits are operating.
  • Create and practice an escape plan with your family.

Additional fire safety tips are available online.