In the event of an emergency, working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life. It's the law, in Ontario, to have a minimum of one working smoke alarm on every storey of your home, as well as outside of all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are required to be installed on all sleeping levels in dwellings with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached storage garage. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms don't last forever, replace them as required by the manufacturer's instructions.
- Test your alarms every month using the test button.
- Replace alarm batteries at least once per year and whenever the low battery warning chirps.
- You can also purchase alarms with a 10-year sealed "worry-free" batteries, which last until the alarm expires.
- You must maintain the level of protection that was required when your home was constructed. This means that if your home was built with hard-wired alarms, when the alarms expire they must be replaced with new hard-wired alarms.