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Turning back the clocks this weekend

Turn the clocks back an hour this weekend (iStockphoto)
Turn the clocks back an hour this weekend (iStockphoto)

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 6, 2011 — Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and as we 'fall backwards' there are a few housekeeping items that should be taken care of.

Remember to change your fire alarm batteries this weekend
Remember to change your fire alarm batteries this weekend

For most Canadians, Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6. And while that meant we turned our clocks back and got an extra hour of sleep, it's also a sign that winter is near.

Before the stormy weather hits, officials suggest doing a safety check around the home. Changing your smoke alarm batteries at this time of year is one thing that's highly recommended.

Fire safety specialists say 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.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries,” says John Percy with Waterloo Fire Rescue. “Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries.”

For much of Canada, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March.

Long winter nights ahead
Long winter nights ahead

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.

“Falling back can be a safety issue however. For kids going to school, you want to be able to see where you're going, where you're driving as well as walking,” says Chris Scott, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

As the clocks fall back, 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.

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.

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