Daylight Savings Time in Oshawa and Durham Region this weekend

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Published November 2, 2022 at 2:26 pm

It’s time to fall back this weekend as Daylight Savings Time makes its twice-yearly visit to our lives.

Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. is when we turn the clocks back an hour.

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It is also the time when fire services in Oshawa and around Durham Region ask residents to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at the same time.

It is required by law that all landlords and homeowners have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home, outside all sleeping areas and in bedrooms as required. Additionally, CO alarms must be installed near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Removing or tampering with smoke and CO devices can result in fines of up to $50,000 for an individual and/or one-year imprisonment.

Smoke alarms need to be tested monthly and replaced if they are more than 10 years old. Additionally, ensure that all members of the household know what to do should a smoke alarm sound. Be sure that your family has an escape plan, complete with a meeting place, and practice it regularly.

This is also Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in Ontario (November 1-7), and Oshawa Fire Services is reminding residents to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually. A highly poisonous gas, CO is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it cannot be seen, touched or smelled. If

For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.

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