New Brunswickers are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke alarms as Daylight Savings Time begins early tomorrow morning. Clocks should be moved forward one hour as of 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, in keeping with the Time Definition Act.
"Working smoke alarms save lives," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Bruce Northrup. "Most fires are preventable, and that is why we remind all New Brunswickers to take precautions in their homes. This includes making sure all smoke alarms are in working order."
Most deaths due to house fires happen at night, while people are sleeping. Due to the poisonous effects of gas and smoke created by the blaze, victims may never wake up.
"Smoke alarms will protect you from these silent killers if they are properly installed and maintained," said Jeff Cross, regional fire marshal.
The Office of the Fire Marshal recommends the following safety tips:
– Place a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home.
– If you sleep with the bedroom door closed, install a smoke alarm inside the bedroom.
– Test your smoke alarms while your family is sleeping. This test will confirm if they hear the alarm and can escape from a fire in time.
– Test your smoke alarm every month. Do this by pressing and holding the test button for a few seconds. The alarm should sound immediately. Replace models that do not have test buttons or that are more than 10 years old.
– To avoid panic and confusion, plan and practise a fire escape route with your family.