Manitobans are losing an hour of sleep this week thanks to a time change coming Sunday.
Springing into the Daylight Savings Time, clocks are going forward an hour at 2 a.m. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is asking people to use the day as a reminder to test alarms and change the batteries in smoke alarms.
"Knowing your what type of smoke or carbon monoxide alarm you have in your home can help you determine the correct steps to take to change your alarm’s batteries," they say in a statement.
They are asking businesses to also check their Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)'s contact pads and batteries.
The WFPS is sharing more fire safety tips:
- A working smoke or carbon monoxide alarm will buy you valuable time.
- In case of a fire, get out of the building, stay out, and call 911.
- If your carbon monoxide alarm activates do not attempt to find the source of the leak. Exit the building immediately and all 911.
- Make sure you have one smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas and in your basement.
- If your smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm uses disposable batteries, change them twice per year when the time changes.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month.
- Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide exposure, and practice your escape plan.