Check Your Smoke Alarm When You ‘Spring Forward’ This Sunday

Port Coquitlam Fire & Emergency Services is reminding residents to check their smoke alarms when they turn their clocks forward one hour on March 11, 2018.

Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a fire by almost 50 per cent. The Daylight Savings time changes each Spring and Fall are a good reminder to inspect, clean, and vacuum all smoke alarms and change the batteries.

By law, all homes in B.C. are required to have either a battery-operated or hard-wired smoke alarm on every floor. Smoke alarms can detect fires in their early stages and give occupants time to leave their house in safety and alert emergency responders more quickly.

Three types of smoke alarms are available in both battery-operated and hard-wired versions. Look for alarms with ULC or CSA certification.

Smoke alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, and mounted high on the wall or on the ceiling, since smoke rises.

Tips for maintaining your smoke alarm

For more information about smoke alarms, visit or contact the Port Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services Department at or 604.927.5466.


Randy Minaker
Deputy Fire Chief
Port Coquitlam Fire & Emergency Services
T: 604.927.5340