Fall back without falling behind

Published 9:20 pm 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.

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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.