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Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

March 13, 2010 — As we spring forward this weekend, don't forget to change your smoke alarm batteries at the same time.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2 o'clock a.m. Making it the weekend most Canadians lose an hour of sleep as they switch from Standard Time to Daylight Time. Clocks need to be set one hour ahead, with the main exception being Saskatchewan, which stays on Standard Time year round.

As you move your clock ahead one hour, it's best to change your smoke alarm batteries at the same time.

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:

  • Install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas
  • Never remove a smoke alarm from the ceiling due to a nuisance alarm
  • Install fresh batteries in all smoke and CO alarms at least annually
  • Replace smoke alarms older than 10 years old
  • Practice a home fire Escape Plan together with the family

On another note, some studies have shown that the Monday following the spring change, the number of traffic accidents has risen as high as 17%. Sleep experts blame it on decreased shuteye. When the time shift is set back one hour, studies have shown no major reduction in traffic collisions, perhaps because drivers can sneak one extra hour of sleep in. This year, Daylight Saving Time ends on November 7.

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