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Change your clocks, check your batteries as Daylight Saving Time ends

Prince Edward County Deputy Fire Chief Tim Kraemer reminds residents “Fall Back” weekend is a good time to remember to check, clean and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. He suggests cleaning smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with a vacuum or compressed air; replacing batteries, then testing the units to ensure they’re working.

Clocks ‘fall back’ an hour Sunday at 2 a.m. as Daylight Saving Time ends – making it lighter earlier in the morning, and darker, and darker earlier in the evening.

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue reminds this is also a good time to replace smoke detector batteries, test and check CO detectors – and check manufacture dates on them as most need replacing at five or 10 years.

Most cell phones and computers will change the time on their own, but clocks and appliances in homes may have to be changed manually.

A private members bill passed last October would have the province on permanent daylight time – giving an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day. But Ontario is waiting for its two biggest neighbours – Quebec and New York – to also make the change. Some are concerned dawn would not break until nearly 9 a.m. in December and January.

British Columbia is is also waiting on states to the south and the Yukon now follows its own standard time. Saskatchewan doesn’t change its clocks. Alberta chose not to go with permanent daylight time as some areas would not see the sun rise until mid morning. Some believe standard time is the best choice for people as it is more in line with body clocks.


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