Clocks spring forward this Sunday
Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:41 AM -
On Sunday, March 9 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, even if it doesn't feel like it.
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.
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Since the late 1960s 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.
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.
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