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Monday, August 2, 2021
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Time change weekend also means check your smoke & CO detectors

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It’s that time of year again – it’s spring ahead weekend.

That means before you go to bed Saturday night make sure you turn your clocks ahead one hour.

It’s also your bi-yearly reminder to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The Lethbridge Fire Department says this is always a great time to test those devices and make sure they’re not expired and in good working condition.

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Cooking fires are very common. Lethbridge firefighters responded to over 500 cooking/smoke detector calls in 2020. Having a functional smoke detector with fresh batteries is critical in alerting people about a cooking fire.

The fire department also responds to calls about carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas that can be poisonous and even cause death, earning it the nickname “the silent killer.” CO detectors should be installed in several locations so that they can be heard throughout the house. City of Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services encourages residents to consider installing them outside of each sleeping area with at least one detector on each level of the house.

Smoke and C-O detectors should be replaced at least, every ten years.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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