Spring Forward: Set Your Clocks Ahead This Weekend

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Variety of flying clocks with different time

Barry Downard


Good news, the dark days of winter are coming to a close. The bad news, you will lose an hour of sleep this weekend.
At 2 a.m. on March 08, 2015, sleepy-eyed Americans in most U.S. states will turn their clocks forward one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

There is more to daylight saving than extra time spent outdoors and the sun setting later. Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the idea of daylight saving time, but Britain and Germany began using the concept during World War I to conserve energy. The U.S. used daylight saving time for a brief time during the War, but it didn’t become widely accepted in the States until after World War II.

When you spring forward this weekend also put home safety at top of mind. Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, once the batteries are replaced, test these safety devices to insure they work properly. Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your home. Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your vehicle.

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