FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when clocks are moved back an hour this weekend. Daylight time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

“This weekend, take the time to thoroughly check your batteries and replace them if needed. It could save your life and the lives of your loved ones,” said provincial fire marshal Michael Lewis.

To help ensure your home is protected, the Office of the Fire Marshal urges New Brunswickers to follow these steps:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are older than 10 years, whether they are battery-powered or hard-wired.
  • If you have an attached garage or any device that burns wood, gas, oil or propane, install a carbon monoxide alarm outside all sleeping areas. Replace these alarms every seven to 10 years depending upon the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Press the test button on each smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. If it sounds, it confirms power is present and circuits are operating.
  • Create and practise an escape plan with your family.

Additional fire safety tips are available online.