As you “spring forward,” make sure you have smoke detectors on every level of your home: IBC

Insurers applaud recent Ontario fire code amendment that became effective March 1, 2006

TORONTO, March 31, 2006 – Ontario will “spring forward” this weekend, as we move to Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, April 2, 2006. Canada’s home, car and business insurers typically remind Ontarians that it’s a good time to also check that smoke detectors are in working order.

This year, Ontarians should also be aware that it’s now the law to have working smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.

“We strongly support this new requirement in Ontario,” says Mary Lou O’Reilly, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “Clearly, having more smoke detectors in your home just makes sense. The most important thing in case of fire is to get you and your loved ones out safely.”

Insurers strongly urge you to take precautions to prevent fire in your home, and will generally provide a discount if you have working smoke detectors.

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the >private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents more than 90% of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada. For more information, visit IBC’s Web site at www.ibc.ca.