Andrea Stockton, staff writer
November 5, 2010 — This Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and as we 'fall backwards' there are a few house-keeping items that should be taken care of.
For most Canadians the end of Daylight Saving Time is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 7. And while that means we turn our clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep, it's also a sign that winter is near.
Before the stormy weather hits, officials suggest to do a safety check around the house. Changing your smoke alarm batteries at this time of year is one thing that's highly recommended.
Carol Heller is a Home Fire Safety Specialist. She says, “Smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a fire. That's why it's so important to never tamper with the batteries and to ensure you replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.”
Homeowners are reminded to:
For much of Canada, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m., local time, on the second Sunday in March. This was first implemented as a way to save energy. By moving the clock ahead by one hour in the spring, it changes a person's daily schedule and allows them to use less energy and light during the morning hours.
With increasing darkness during the fall and winter months, areas return to standard time at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November.
Since the late 1960's Saskatchewan has not observed Daylight Time and remains on Standard Time all year round.
To find out more about the time change check out the Daylight Saving Time section of our website. Be sure to also head to our Canadian Cities Index so that you can plan ahead with the weather in mind.