We change time from daylight to standard tomorrow night, so Iroquois Falls fire prevention officer Tyler Mongeon reminds us to change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

“We suggest that they’re changed at the same time that we change our clocks back and forward,” he says.  It’s a great way to coordinate the two and remember that the batteries should be changed every six months.”

And with winter coming, Mongeon also suggests that we remember to keep vents on the outside of our homes clear of snow.  Clogged vents are a leading cause of deadly CO gas getting inside.

“So we want to make sure that everybody is aware that they should be clearing out their vents for the hot water tank or furnace or any appliance that vents outside that could produce carbon monoxide.  They will want to make sure that they’re keeping those area clear.”

Mongeon adds that you should keep the natural gas meter clear, too, so that if there is a fire call, firefighters have easy access to it.