Spring forward

Time change a good time to check smoke detectors, says Kimberley fire chief

As we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time this weekend (Sunday 2 a.m.), please take a moment to check your smoke detector batteries.

That’s a message from Fire Chiefs across Canada, including Kimberley’s Fire Chief Al Collinson.

“Every home has to have a smoke detector,” Collinson said. “It’s a requirement now and it’s a requirement for a good reason.”

But your smoke detector does you no good if the batteries are dead or if it is too old.

Collinson says that smoke detectors should be replaced after ten years.

The Kimberley Fire Department has just finished a very successful Kidde Canada program which provided 50 new smoke detectors to Kimberley seniors. Any senior who had some doubts about their smoke detector simply called the Fire Department and a member went to their home and checked it out, installing a new one if required.