Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend

Don’t forget to adjust those clocks! Hamilton springs forward this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins for 2021.

Clocks spring forward as of this Sunday, March 14th at 2:00 am, meaning Hamilton residents will be losing an hour of sleep this evening; a small trade-off for the resulting extended daylight hours that Daylight Saving Time brings each year.

Coinciding with the clocks jumping forward, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Fire Department are also advising residents to use the changing of their clocks to also test and check on their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they work properly.

Hamilton Fire asks that locals test the alarms by pressing and holding the button on battery-powered and hard-wired alarms until the alarm sound is heard. If no sound is emitted, the alarm should be replaced.

Expiry dates on the alarms should also be checked to ensure they do not need to be replaced; smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years, and carbon monoxide alarms typically expire anywhere between 7 to 10 years.

Finally, Hamilton Fire suggests changing the batteries or backup batteries as needed, advising that batteries should be changed every six months. Even hard-wired alarms have backup batteries that should similarly be replaced.

“In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their jobs and save lives, they need to work. When the clocks change this weekend, remember to install new batteries in all alarms to protect yourself and your family,” says David Cunliffe, Fire Chief at the Hamilton Fire Department.

“The Hamilton Fire Department also recommends that you test them to ensure they are working and check the expiry dates.”

Read more on the city website.

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