March 8, 2019
Change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries
Released: 9:30 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2 a.m., the clocks will “spring ahead” one hour marking the start of daylight savings time. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is encouraging residents to take a moment to replace the batteries and test their smoke alarms when adjusting their clocks for this weekend’s time change.
According to recent statistics, people are four times more likely to die in a fire if their smoke alarms aren’t working. The only way to ensure an alarm is working is to test it. Smoke alarms powered by 10-year lithium ion batteries only require testing. Alarms with disposable batteries should have their batteries replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If the instructions are not available, replace the batteries twice per year when the time changes.
Residents whose homes do not have a working smoke alarm, can sign up for the S.A.F.E. (Smoke Alarm for Every) Family Program, which provides and installs free alarms in owner occupied homes. Launched last month, the program began in the Lord Selkirk and West Kildonan communities. More information on the program can be found at City of Winnipeg – S.A.F.E. Family Program.
In addition to changing clocks and testing smoke alarms, the time change is also a good reminder for businesses and organizations to check their Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), as AED batteries and contact pads have a shelf life. AED’s require regular checks and maintenance, as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.
Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:
- A working smoke alarm will buy you valuable time – in case of fire, get out, stay out, and call 911
- Make sure you have one smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of all sleeping areas and in your basement
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years – the date of manufacture is written on the back of the smoke alarm
- Smoke alarms with disposable batteries should have their batteries replaced twice per year when the time changes
- You should test your smoke alarm monthly
- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape plan
For more information on smoke alarms and fire prevention, visit City of Winnipeg – Fire Safety.
City of Winnipeg Spring/Summer 2019 Leisure Guide now available
Released: 11:16 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The Spring/Summer 2019 Leisure Guide is now available at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres, and will be available Saturday at a number of retail locations. View the Leisure Guide online by visiting winnipeg.ca.
In addition, the City’s Leisure Guide Skating brochure and Leisure Guide Swimming brochures are also available and can be viewed online by visiting winnipeg.ca.
Activity registration for all spring and summer activities begins Tuesday, March 19 at 8 a.m.
Registration for non-residents begins one week after registration for residents. For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg – Recreation Registration Non-Resident.
Registration will be ongoing after the start date.
For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:
If you are planning to register for Spring/Summer 2019 Leisure Guide activities, including skating and swimming, using leisureONLINE, please ensure that you are able to successfully log in to your online account BEFORE registration starts. If you are having difficulty accessing your account, please call 311.
For more information on accessing or creating your account, please visit City of Winnipeg – Registration Tips.
In-Person Registration Locations for March 19 Only
The following Registration Centres will operate on March 19 only:
Central Registration Centre, Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex
999 Sargent Avenue (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
South-East Registration Centre, Louis Riel Library
1168 Dakota Street (8 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
In-person registration on March 19 will also be accepted at all City of Winnipeg indoor pools, with the exception of Bonivital, Bernie Wolfe and Seven Oaks, beginning at 8 a.m. Registration at Transcona Kinsmen Centennial will be available beginning at 1 p.m. and registration at Eldon Ross will be available beginning at 3 p.m. Check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice by contacting 311 or visiting winnipeg.ca.
Queue numbers at all in-person locations (except Transcona Kinsmen Centennial and Eldon Ross) will be distributed starting at 7 a.m. on March 19.