State and Union: 'Spring ahead' tonight, set clocks one hour forward

The name is Daylight Saving Time - not Daylight Saving's Time or Daylight Savings Times.

Daylight Saving Time 2017 begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 12, shifting time forward an hour until November 5.

By shifting the day ahead an hour, one hour of daylight is moved from the morning to the evening, during which time people are more likely to spend time outside and reduce energy consumption indoors. Hawaii still doesn't observe daylight saving time, and neither does most of Arizona.

While we still have time-change days, use the built-in reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors; the devices should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years.

The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time. The time change for them meant hired hands got off work while there was still daylight and work that needed to be done.

Once your alarms are checked, your clocks are changed and your teeth are clean, you might enjoy checking out this petition to Congress. The DOT also says that DST is observed for reasons including saving energy, preventing traffic injuries and reducing crime. It actually makes their job more hard because they lose an hour of morning light.

Daylight saving time (make sure you don't add an "s" at the end of "saving") was first used in Germany during World War I as a way to save electricity.

As Canadians prepare for the Daylight Saving Time switchover on March 12, firefighters are reminding the public to check their safety sensors. During the time change in the fall (fall back), one baby could be born at 1:55 a.m. and the sibling born ten minutes later, at 1:05 a.m. "If we're successful, you would not have to fall back in the Fall to Central Standard Time", Isaac said.

For more than two decades - from 1945 to 1966 - there were no uniform rules for Daylight Saving Time. About half (48%) of those same parents find it at least somewhat frustrating to get their kids to sleep on a typical night.

  • Larry Hoffman