Fall back without falling behind

Published 9:20pm Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sunday morning at 2 a.m. clocks will again rotate backward for one hour to officially end Daylight Savings Time.

The change, which is also referred to as “fall back,” offers more than just an opportunity to add an hour of sleep.

Selma Fire Chief Michael Stokes said the time change is an excellent opportunity for safety checks.

““It’s highly recommended in November when it is time to change the clocks to replace batteries in smoke alarms,” he said. “It’s always a good idea to do it in the fall and the spring for the time change.”

It is also important to take other precautions to prevent falling behind.

Aside from setting household and automobile clocks, it is important to adjust the clock on cell phones and computers.

Some computers do not adjust to the right time automatically. There are numerous programs available for this, but it is usually easiest to change the time manually.

Daylight Savings time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October.

It was expanded in 2007 from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours.

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  • Dogbert

    While DST and it’s late spring counterpart are excellent reminders to change batteries in smoke detectors, the concept has been around since the Romans used water clocks scaled different for every month. The Germans first were the first to theorize coal conservation with DST in 1916, and while the US did adopt DST in 1918, it was left up to individual states after WWI if they wished to continue. It was not until 1966 that Congress passed the Uniform Time Act. The 2007 expansion, like other attempts by Congress to regulate energy usage, is pretty much baseless. Nearly every study done in any given country has shown either no significant difference in energy consumption, or an actual increase in usage as a result of DST. And, if you haven’t done the math, 10,000 barrels per day is about .05% of avg daily consumption. That’s 5 hundredths of a percent.

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