November 3, Clocks Fall Back, Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 3 and the Mattawa Fire Department is recommending that Mattawa residents install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries. Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks on November 3, the Mattawa Fire Department wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms.

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.

For more information contact any of the following Mattawa Fire Department representatives:

This Week is Fire Prevention Week : October 6-12, 2019!

This year’s fire prevention week theme,

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape.
Plan and Practice Your Escape!™

is aimed at educating everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around us safe.

If there is a fire in your home, you may have as little as one to two minutes to safely escape.  Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.

Hunting Fire Safety Tips

Fall hunting season will soon be underway and hunters are taking up temporary residence. The Ontario Fire Code requires every dwelling unit in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. The term dwelling unit includes seasonal homes such as park model trailers, cabins and cottages. It also includes trailer homes, motor homes and other recreational vehicles.