Fall Back – Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

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Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, which means it’s once again time to “fall back” and turn those clocks back an hour.

The time change goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Officially, the change comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people usually set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night. (Or like many more, reset every clock in the house…and car… during the day on Sunday.) Luckily our computers and phones reset themselves automatically.

Do you sleep in the extra hour or get up as usual and go to sleep at the same time (even though it will be darker, earlier)?

When the sleep-wake and light-dark cycles get out of whack, people can feel out-of-sync and tired.

It might take a few days to feel like your ole self, but soon enough your body will adjust to the new light-dark cycle.

Not only is it ‘clock change time’, it’s also a good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors.

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Fire departments and safety officials use the ‘change your clocks, change your batteries’ mantra to remind families twice a year (spring forward/fall back) to test their smoke detectors and put in fresh batteries.

We only have to live in standard time in November, December, January & February, as clocks will ‘spring forward’ next year on Sunday, March 11, 2018. (Saturday night when go to bed)

Daylight Saving Time takes place across a wide expanse of Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. In the US, Hawaii and parts of Arizona & Alaska do not follow DST.

At the beginning of the DST period in the spring clocks are moved forward, usually by one hour. When DST ends in fall (autumn), clocks are turned back again. DST does not add daylight but it gives more usable hours of daylight. In that sense, DST “saves” daylight, especially during the winter months when the days get colder and darker. Standard time refers to time without DST.

In the United States, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time. Then Congress tinkered with it. For example, in 1973 daylight saving time was observed all year, instead of just the spring and summer. The system of beginning DST at 2 AM on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 AM on the last Sunday in October was not standardized until 1986. The rules changed again in 2007. DST now begins on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday in November.

Daylight saving time began in the United States during World War I, primarily to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting. The argument of safety and affects on vehicle accidents came into favor in later years.

Those points no longer seem to carry the same weight that they used to. Changing the clocks back and forth no longer seem to benefit many.

Besides, standard time is only for 4+ months. Why bother?

If we are saving energy let’s go year round with Daylight Saving Time. If we are not saving energy let’s drop Daylight Saving Time!

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Find out when clocks change in 2015 in your area.

Daylight Saving Time around the world : http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2015.html

 

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