November 1, Clocks Fall Back, Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 1 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.

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:

Hunting Fire Safety Tips

The fall hunting season will soon be underway. Following is some fire safety information when you are hunting.

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 and also includes trailer homes, motor homes and other recreational vehicles.  

In addition to working smoke alarms, anglers and hunters are encouraged to thoroughly check and clean all heating appliances, (i.e., woodstoves, propane heaters, kerosene heaters, naphtha stoves and lanterns) in their cabins, camps, trailers and recreational vehicles before using them.  Chimneys also need to be inspected for any damage or obstructions prior to use and cleaned if deposits of creosote are present.