IBC says think road and home safety this Daylight Saving Time

EDMONTON, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Daylight Saving Time is upon most Canadians this weekend which takes effect at 2:00 am this Sunday, March 10, 2013. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) wants to remind you to take your time to adjust as we "spring forward" keeping road and home safety top of mind.

As we lose an hour of sleep, adjusting to the time switch in spring can be challenging. The lack of sleep and changes you have to make to your schedule can cause fatigue and drowsiness.  This is known as fatigue impairment and is dangerous when driving.

Fact : A 2007 survey found that about 60% of Canadian drivers admitted that they occasionally drove while fatigued and 15% of respondents admitted that they had fallen asleep while driving during the past year (Vanlaar et al., 2008).

During Daylight Saving Time:

Be extra cautious when driving with the following road safety tips:

  • 91% of Alberta collisions involve driver error.  Be alert and be safe.
  • Always be sure to start your trip well rested, plan to take breaks every two hours, and avoid driving between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., when your body naturally craves sleep. Most importantly, if you feel tired, don't drive.
  • If you notice any of the following symptoms, do the only thing that will stop driver fatigue: Pull off the road to a safe spot and have a rest.
  • If you're driving tired, you're driving impaired. Find out if you're most at risk of fatigue impairment.
  • Travel with an alert passenger who can help keep you awake.

It's also a good idea to get into the habit of checking around your home for possible safety risks each time you adjust your clocks to Daylight Saving Time.

Fact: In 2010, according to Alberta's Fire Commissioner, 51% of fires took place in homes without working smoke detectors.  Six lives and over $108 million in damage could have been prevented by the simple installation of a smoke alarm.  (2010 Alberta Fire Commissioner's Statistical Report)

Look for possible home safety risks and follow these home safety tips to protect your family:

  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, once the batteries are replaced, test these safety devices to ensure they work properly.
  • Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your home.
  • Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your vehicle.
  • Check home, yard and shed for hazardous materials and carefully discard any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 115,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $44 billion.

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If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA

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Helen Lialias
Media Relations Officer
Insurance Bureau of Canada
416-362-2031 ext. 4312
hlialias@ibc.ca

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