Time to spring forward

Clocks officially turn forward on Sunday at 2 a.m. to return to daylight time. The Brantford and Brant County fire department say it is also time to test all hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition. They recommend that all batteries be changed in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. In addition, all alarms have expiry dates and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Each home is required by law to have working smoke alarms on each floor and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. The fire department also recommends developing a home escape plan with a safe meeting location outdoors. The time shift helps move us toward later sunsets until November. Of course, this will come with later sunrises, but most of us would prefer that sunlight at the end of the day, after work, when we can enjoy it. Waking up in the dark seems like a fair trade. Daylight time – which we abide by in winter – was invented to compensate for the dwindling of daylight in the winter. It was believed that the daylight would be more useful in the morning than the evening, so the clocks were shifted in an attempt to move up peoples’ schedules. Nowadays, it’s a leftover antiquity dating back to the days of being a primarily agricultural and industrial nation. read more