Thursday, March 10, 2016

'Spring Forward' on Sunday, March 13

It’s time to “spring forward.”  Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13, 2016.

With modern technology, most phones autoset and computers automatically update to sync with  the time change.  However, the time change still can be confusing.  Most people remember the trick to clock changing by the old quote of "spring forward, fall backward," which reminds us to set forward our clocks for Daylight Saving Time in the spring and set backward for Standard Time in the fall. 

What is Daylight Saving Time? Its origins go back to Benjamin Franklin who supposedly came up with the idea. The point of setting back the clocks is to give an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon, while having an hour less of daylight in the morning. Yet, it was not put into practice across most of the United States until 1967.  And beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time was expanded --- Americans now observe Daylight Saving Time from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November. 

Likely few people will move the clock hand, or dial, forward an hour exactly at 2:00 a.m. local time. But that's when Daylight Saving Time officially begins on Sunday, March 13. 

During the time change, the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend that consumers change the battery in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.      

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