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Check your smoke detectors as Daylight Saving Time kicks in

Daylight Saving Time has kicked in bringing a little more sunshine to our evenings
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Daylight Saving Time has kicked in bringing a little more sunshine to our evenings.

As you go around your home setting your clocks forward an hour, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency's deputy chief Roy Hollett says it's also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and check that they're functional.

"Some units, the newer ones, have a remote control that you can use to see if the unit is working, and you can also push the button to see if the alarm is working," he explained.

Some stores also sell an aerosol can product that mimics smoke which will make sure the sensors are working.

Hollett also recommends checking the date on your detectors.

"Usually it's in the same general location as the battery, but every manufacturer puts the date in a different location," he said. "Some will be on the side, with some it's on the back, and if the unit is more than 10 years old, replace it with a new one."

Hollett added if you have any questions or need financial help buying a smoke detector, call 311.


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