The Importance Of Smoke Alarms- Facts and Info


Smoke alarms should be routinely replaced and checked to ensure the safety of your home and its residents. An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if homes had working smoke alarms ( Ensure your loved ones are protected by following these smoke alarm maintenance steps. 


  • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. If you keep the bedroom doors shut, place a smoke alarm inside bedrooms.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries replaced yearly, or as soon as you hear a “low battery” warning, which commonly sounds like a “chirping” noise. 
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do in the event that the smoke alarm sounds. 
  • Keep smoke alarms clean by vacuuming over and around it regularly. Dust and debris can interfere with it’s operation. 
  • Install smoke alarms away from windows, doors, or ducts that could interfere with their operation. 
  • Plan regular fire drills to practice your escape plan ensuring everyone in the home knows exactly what to do in the event of the smoke alarm sounding. 
  • Replace your alarm every 10 years. 


Paying your smoke alarms attention as well as planning a “Family Fire Escape Plan” can be lifesaving. Routine smoke alarm checks can make the difference between disaster and safety. 


Stay safe everyone, 


HRC Insurance 





Since the 1900's...

Born under the name George Hutcheson, Hutcheson, Reynolds & Caswell Ltd. began providing insurance policies in Muskoka since the early 1900s. Bernard Reynolds joined the firm in the 1940s and purchased the firm from George Hutcheson in 1967. Finally, in 1980, David Caswell joined the company's ranks to complete Hutcheson, Reynolds and Caswell. We have grown along with our name and provide the same dedication to superior customer service and top-notch insurance coverage that George Hutcheson was famous for over 100 years ago.