With sunset coming earlier every day it’s once again time to “fall back,” by rolling your clocks back an hour.
And while most British Columbians are likely thinking about that extra hour of sleep tomorrow, firefighters are hoping you’ll think about a little tweak to the time change that could save your life: checking your smoke alarm.
“Because working smoke alarms literally save lives. There’s a misconception that if there’s a fire in the home people will wake up with time to get out, but that’s absolutely not the case. More often than not those that die in fires are overcome by the products of combustion before they have a chance to wake up,” says Captain Jonathan Gormick with Vancouver Fire Rescue.
Gormick says getting into the habit of doing a smoke alarm check, and if necessary, battery change at the beginning and end of daylight saving time is an easy way to keep your home safe.
“It’s just a really convenient time because they happen twice a year. People are already thinking about going around the house changing clocks, so it’s just an extra step to add that makes sure their life safety devices are working.”
Gormick says Vancouver residents who don’t have a working smoke detector can get a free one by calling 3-1-1.
That way, you won’t just get to sleep in, you’ll also sleep a little easier.
Clocks roll back officially at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.