Smoke Alarms

You may have just seconds to safely escape a fire in your home. That's why early detection is absolutely vital. Only working smoke alarms provide those precious seconds you and your family need to safely escape.

Smoke Alarm Facts

It's the law.

The Ontario Fire Code requires that every home have working smoke alarms on every level. If you are a landlord it is your responsibility to comply with this law. If you are a tenant it is your responsibility to notify your landlord immediately if your alarm/s is/are not working.

Smoke alarms save lives.

Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Often, victims never wake up. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape.

One smoke alarm is not enough.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near sleeping areas. If you or your loved ones sleep with bedroom doors closed, install an alarm inside each bedroom.

Smoke alarms don't last forever.

Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones. Please note you cannot replace a hard-wired smoke alarm with a battery-powered smoke alarm.

Types of Smoke Alarms

There are many types of smoke alarms, each with different features. Alarms can be electrically connected, battery-powered or a combination of both. The combination with a hush feature to reduce nuisance alarms are highly recommended. Smoke alarms commonly use one of two types of technology to detect the presence of smoke in the air:

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms: best suited for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchen
  • Ionization smoke alarms: best suited for rooms that contain highly combustible materials that can create flaming fires

Styles of Smoke Alarms

  • Battery-operated
  • Battery-operated, interconnected
  • Hardwired
  • Hardwired, Interconnected
  • Intelligent

Smoke Alarm Maintenance

Only working smoke alarms can save your life! Smoke alarms require simple maintenance to keep them in good working order. These tips will help to make sure your alarms perform as intended-when you need them the most:

  • Test your smoke alarm regularly.
  • Once a month, test your smoke alarms by pushing the alarm test button.
  • Change your clock, change your battery.
  • Install a new battery of the proper type at least once a year. If the low battery warning beeps, replace the battery immediately. We change our clocks each spring and fall so this is a good time to change your batteries as well.
  • Gently vacuum alarm every six months.
  • Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so carefully vacuum the inside of a battery powered unit using the soft bristle brush. If electrically connected, vacuum the outside vents only.
  • Replace older smoke alarms.
  • All smoke alarms wear out. If your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.

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