Time to change the clocks as daylight saving time begins in Ontario

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Published March 8, 2024 at 12:37 pm

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The time has come again to change the clocks in Ontario as daylight saving time begins this weekend.

Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. Those who still have analog clocks and other clocks unconnected to a network may want to set them one hour ahead before going to bed Saturday night.

Cellphones, computers and clocks connected to the internet should change automatically.

Although it was said to be in use as early as 1908 in Canada, daylight saving time was officially adopted in 1918, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia.

It was instituted to increase production for the First World War and make better use of daylight hours to save energy.

Many people don’t enjoy the change and end up losing an extra hour of sleep. Studies show several adverse impacts to changing the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Heart disease, cognitive decline and an increase in collisions appear to be connected to the time change.

While there have been moves to make daylight saving time permanent and not change the clocks in the fall, so far Canada hasn’t been able to co-ordinate with the U.S.

As the clocks change, it is a good reminder to do some regular checks and maintenance around the home.

Fire departments suggest people check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. After ten years, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms expire and become less effective.

Officials also suggest changing the batteries annually or consider upgrading to newer models with longer battery life.

It is also a good time to look in the attic to ensure that no leaks have developed from melting snow and that no mice, insects, or other creatures have nested over the winter.

Additionally, take a look in the basement for any cracks in your cement floor and walls and keep an eye out for any signs of leaks.

The City of Mississauga has provided a detailed list of tips and reminders for the spring here.

Lead photo: Stas Knop

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