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Spring forward this weekend: Hour lost to Daylight Saving Time

File photo. PAUL BURNS.

It’s time to spring forward, losing an hour of sleep – and an hour of the weekend – as Toronto and much of Canada makes the switch to Daylight Saving Time.

Most of Saskatchewan as well as parts of Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia won’t change the clocks this weekend.

The time change will come into effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday, but many people will make the change before going to bed on Saturday night.

It’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors if you have them.

Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every level and outside all sleeping areas, Toronto Fire Services said.

“By installing and maintaining a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best defence against the devastating effects of fire,” said Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales.

Toronto Fire smoke alarm tips:

  • When installing a smoke alarm, read the manufacturer’s instructions on proper placement, testing and maintenance.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.
  • Replace smoke alarms if they are 10 years and older.
  • Avoid removing the battery as response to the activation of a smoke alarm from cooking or steam. Instead of removing the battery, move the smoke alarm or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush-button feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.

Other clocks to check:

  • Microwave ovens,
  • VCRs or DVDs,
  • Clock in your car,
  • Any automatic timer lights,
  • Coffee maker.