Turn back clocks

Sunshine Antiques owner Eugene Prpic sets the time back an hour on a vintage gingerbread clock from the 1920s. Prpic made sure that all the vintage clocks in his shop reflected daylight saving time, but now must turn them back to reflect Eastern Standard Time, which starts Sunday morning.

If sleeping in on Sunday is your thing, you can enjoy an extra hour this weekend.

Daylight savings officially comes to an end at 3 a.m. Sunday, with clocks going back one hour in most parts of Northwestern Ontario.

Some communities on the eastern edge of the Central Time Zone, such as Atikokan and Pickle Lake, don’t participate in day-light savings, so their clocks stay the same, observing Eastern Standard Time all year. Individual municipalities can decide whether or not to take part.

Fire officials hope those changing clocks tonight also change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

“Every time change is an opportunity to educate the community about the importance of changing and testing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Thunder Bay Fire Chief John Hay in a statement Friday. “Smoke alarms give you the early detection needed to safely escape a fire and only a carbon monoxide alarm can alert you to the deadly presence of CO.”

It’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Ontario regulations also require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-fired appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue recommends replacing old smoke alarms with new dual smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. Both hardwired and battery operated smoke alarms are required to be replaced every 10 years.

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