FREDERICTON (GNB) – This weekend, New Brunswickers are reminded to move their clocks ahead and change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Daylight time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

“It is crucial to check your smoke detectors regularly and ensure they are in good working order,” said provincial fire marshal Michael Lewis. “By taking this simple action, you can protect yourself and your family.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal urges residents to follow these steps to help ensure their home is protected:

  • 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.