FREDERICTON (GNB) – As New Brunswickers move their clocks back one hour this weekend, they are reminded to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace the batteries if necessary. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

“The best tool in preventing a fire-related tragedy is having a properly installed, working alarm,” said Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry. “It only takes a few minutes to check your alarm or change the batteries.”

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

  • have a smoke alarm installed on each floor including the basement, outside all sleeping areas and inside bedrooms;
  • check all smoke alarm expiry dates and if a smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, or the year it was made cannot be identified, replace the alarm;
  • press the test button on each smoke alarm and if it sounds, it confirms power is present and circuits are operating; and
  • follow the same steps for carbon monoxide alarms.

“If smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly installed and maintained, they will help protect you and your family from the dangers of fire,” said provincial fire marshal Douglas Browne. “The majority of fire fatalities happen at night, while people are sleeping. Alarms can prevent fatalities by providing an early warning and allowing you to escape quickly and safely.”

Additional fire safety tips are available online.