Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, November 4th and the London Fire Department reminds you to replace the old batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks on the weekend.

In order to survive a fire, occupants need to be provided with early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. Installing and maintaining working smoke alarms on every storey of a home and near all sleeping areas is the law. Tampering with a smoke alarm or removing the batteries can result in a fine of up to $50,000. For rental properties, landlords are responsible for installing and maintaining the required number of smoke alarms.

In addition to smoke alarms, everyone should have in place a home fire escape plan, outlining two ways out of every room and a meeting place outside the home to ensure that all occupants got out safely. The plan should then be practiced by holding fire drills in the home, just as they are held in schools and workplaces.

via City of London Fire Department