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Springing forward this weekend


Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m.
Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m.

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

March 9, 2011 — As we spring forward this weekend, don't forget to change your smoke alarm batteries at the same time.

Home owners should replace smoke alarm batteries at the same time as you move the clocks forward
Home owners should replace smoke alarm batteries at the same time as you move the clocks forward

On Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m., most Canadians will move their clocks forward an hour as we transition from Standard Time to Daylight Time. Although it means a lost hour of sleep, it's also a sign that the spring season is near.

This change in time 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.

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

Some studies have also shown that on the Monday following the spring change, the number of traffic accidents has increased. Experts blame it on the lack of sleep when the clocks spring forward so motorists are encouraged to take extra caution on the roads.

For a closer look at what the spring season will bring your way, check out the 2011 Spring Outlook.

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