Safety focus as clocks roll back

Last updated 13:05 05/04/2014

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If you're setting the alarm to get up for the Crusaders match, don't forget - daylight saving ends tonight.

Traditionally, daylight saving ends on first Sunday in April, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.

To coincide with the change, Christchurch's tsunami warning siren system will be tested at 11am tomorrow, sounding for one to two minutes.

This testing is in keeping with Christchurch City Council's twice-yearly testing of the sirens on the Sundays that daylight saving begins and ends.

The sirens will only be heard within a few blocks of the beach along the coastline from Waimairi Beach to Sumner, as these are the areas most at risk from a possible tsunami.

Manager of Civil Defence Emergency Management Murray Sinclair said it was an "an ideal opportunity to make sure you have an evacuation plan in place for you and your family, and all the essential supplies ready".

"We are advising residents not to panic when they hear the siren as this is just a test to ensure the system is working. By having the tsunami warning tests on the Sunday at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving, we are aiming to introduce twice-yearly recognition by residents in the areas most at risk that they need to have an evacuation plan in place in the unlikely event of a tsunami," he said.

Fire safety officials also advise homeowners to check the batteries in their smoke alarms. 

The Crusaders play the Lions in Johannesburg at 3.05am. 

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- The Press

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