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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward into Daylight Savings Time

Did you remember to spring forward today?? If not there is a big possibility you were an hour late to everything and every where you went today. Today, I am lucky as I had the day off. Many times you will find a co-worker or two stumbling in an hour late which puts everything behind. By tomorrow all should be o.k. but it will take time to get our bodies back on schedule.

It is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm as well. Since you are all ready changing your clocks it will be easy to remember the batteries as well. This will help ensure if needed the smoke alarms will be ready to alert you.

The history of daylight savings time started in an effort to help save energy and provide workers with more hours of daylight during the long summer days. In 1918 the United States introduced daylight savings time and since that time it stuck around. In 1966 the Uniform Act that set the standards of all states had to choose to observe daylight savings time or pass a state law to abstain from it.

Benjamin Franklin was the first to propose the idea of daylight savings time in 1784. His belief that the cost of oil for lamps as well as working while it was dark and sleeping while it was daylight all meant that something should be done. His economic project appeared in the Journal of Paris.

Today, March 12 2017 daylight savings time began at 2:00 am local time. Rather we all together skipped the 2:00 hour as the time changed from 2:00 to 3:00 instantly because of daylight savings time. Daylight savings time will end this year on November 5, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. on that day time will reverse 1 hour back and will make the local time 1 a.m.

The hour of 2 a.m. was selected in an effort to provide the least amount of inconvenience to businesses and citizens. The day is always the same the second sunday in March and ends on the first sunday in November. The states of Hawaii and Arizona do not use Daylight savings time and until 2006 only half of the state of Indiana used it while the other half did not.

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