The rules are inconsistent from country to country and province to province but, in most of Canada, Mar. 11, 2018 marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Albertans will lose an hour of sleep as the clocks 'spring forward' an hour. While you have the step stool out to move your clocks forward an hour, take a moment to verify that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in tip-top shape.
"One of the biggest things is to change the batteries in your smoke detector and check the date on your smoke detector [to] make sure it's not over 10 years," explained Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "If it's over 10 years, it should be replaced."
He said the same applies for carbon monoxide detectors.
"Check your carbon monoxide detectors. [There] should be one on every level of the house. And, smoke detectors outside of each bedroom and again, on every level of the house."
These detectors can be the difference between life and death, said Wade.
"It can happen in a big hurry -- especially in the new construction of houses. Now, you only have three minutes to get out of your house. So, [smoke detectors are] a critical piece of equipment to have in your house."
Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 4, 2018 and provides yet another opportunity to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.