Corner Brook Fire Department Reminds Residents Change Your Clocks — Change Your Batteries

City of Corner Brook
Media Advisory

Clocks will spring forward one hour at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 12, 2017 and the Corner Brook Fire Department encourages residents to install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks. They also encourage residents to test all smoke alarms monthly.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” explained Deputy Chief Harnum. “One of the best things we can do to get our homes ready for spring, is to replace alarm batteries. A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense in a fire.”

A smoke alarm is the most important safety feature of your home. Seventy-one percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When changing your alarm’s batteries check to see if your alarms need to be replaced.

“We are all dedicated to the safety of residents, early detection of fire and smoke is critical to protecting your home and your loved ones,” said Mayor Pender. “Since 2012, working smoke alarms are required in every bedroom of a home or dwelling, cottages and cabins.”

DC Harnum reminds you of the following simple steps Change, Check, Practice, Clean:


– The Corner Brook Fire department is reminding residents to CHANGE their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries when they change their clocks for daylight savings time this Sunday, March 12, 2017.


– After inserting fresh batteries in your Smoke Alarm, make sure the Alarm is working by activating the safety test button. Remember to test alarms once a month.


– Every family should have a fire safety plan to ensure each family member is prepared should an emergency occur. It’s never too late to create your plan!


– Help your smoke alarm remain sensitive and ready to protect you by gently using a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove dust and cobwebs. If your Smoke Alarms have been accidentally painted or contaminated, replacement may be necessary.


Charles Pender
Mayor, City of Corner Brook