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“Spring Forward” once again

TWO A.M. becomes 3 a.m. overnight as Daylight Savings Time kicks in (Shutterstock).

As you probably know, Daylight Savings Time will kick in as you sleep in the early hours of Sunday. The rule is to “spring forward,” meaning that at 2 a.m., the “correct” time becomes 3 a.m., thus giving us an extra hour of daylight.

Of course, that brings the extra effort of changing all the clocks in the house, including the one in the car and the watch on your wrist. Your computing devices should change by themselves.

It’s also considered a good idea to take advantage of this twice-yearly event to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide alarms in the house.

The idea behind DST goes way back, all the way to Roman times. Benjamin Franklin is sometimes credited (or blamed) with inventing the concept, but no one person can claim the honor (or dishonor) of taking an hour of sleep away from you.

World War 1 –1914-18 – was the impetus to adopt the concept as a way to save coal.

The U.S. adopted daylight savings time in 1918, and today all but two of the 50 states – Arizona and Hawaii – still use the system. There have been attempts to abandon it or make it year-round but neither has gained much traction.

It’s likely the subject will come up again on Nov. 7, when we turn the clocks back to “standard time.”


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