Time for clocks to spring ahead

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Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald, left and Fire Inspector Winston Bryan are reminding everyone how smart and safe it is to change the smoke alawm batteries.

Islanders are being reminded that daylight saving time returns this weekend, which means clocks spring ahead one hour.

Daylight saving time officially begins Sunday at 2:00 a.m.  

Charlottetown firefighters are reminding the public to change the batteries in their smoke alarms, as well as change the time on the clocks before they go to bed Saturday night.

Members of the Charlottetown, Crossroads and North River Fire Departments will be at McDonalds on University Avenue in Charlottetown on Saturday from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. handing out batteries and educational materials.

During the transition, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reminding people to be mindful of road and home safety.

“Losing an hour of sleep can be hard on the body,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada says.

“In addition to losing sleep, the changes you have to make to your schedule can cause fatigue. This can lead to fatigue impairment, which can be dangerous when driving. Like alcohol, fatigue impairment slows a driver's reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases the risk of crashing.”

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is recommending the following tasks as part of P.E.I. residents daylight saving time routine:

– Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Once the batteries are replaced, test these devices to ensure they work properly.

– Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your home.

– Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your vehicle.

– Check your home, yard and shed for hazardous materials and carefully discard any that are outdated, no longer used or in poor condition.

Organizations: Insurance Bureau of Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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