Clocks are jumping an hour forward on March 10 signaling the return to Daylight Saving Time.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks "spring forward" to 3 a.m. and DeKalb residents are reminded to turn their clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night. With the time change, sunrise and sunset come an hour later so there will be more light in the evenings.
The time change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices, but the time has to be moved forward manually on analog alarm clocks.
The modern routine of "springing forward" in March and "falling back" in November annually was enacted by the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973. The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which took effect in January 2007, established the start date for Daylight Saving Time to the second Sunday in March in most of the United States, and the end date on the first Sunday in November.
The time change is a good opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and change them if needed.
While you are checking your smoke detector, consider these tips to reduce chances of fires:
- Dust or vacuum smoke detectors when batteries are changed.
- Test smoke alarms once a month with the test button.
- Replace the entire alarm if it is more than 10 years old or does not work properly when tested.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the house, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- Make sure everyone in the house understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.