BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As clocks moved forward at 2 a.m. today for Daylight Saving Time, Belmar fire officials advise that it's time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Smoke alarms are a key part of your home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Smoke alarms save lives,” Belmar Fire Official Ryan Dullea said.
And it's also a good idea to replace older smoke detectors with the new 10-year sealed devices. "They are your first line of defense when a fire strikes in your home," according to Belmar's Goodwill Hose Co. in a Facebook post.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
Belmar or Lake Como residents with questions about their current smoke and carbon monoxide detectors or placement of their devices can contact Dullea at 732-681-3700, ext. 239.
He added that his office has a limited number of smoke detectors for any Belmar or Lake Como residents who are financially unable to purchase their own.
In addition, Belmar offers a home safety inspection program for all residents of both towns. Call the number above to schedule a free evaluation at your residence.
The History of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time adds one hour to standard time to make better use of daylight and conserve energy. It is observed in more than 70 countries worldwide, although the beginning and end dates vary from country to country. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe daylight saving time.
“Fast Time,” the original name for Daylight Saving Time, was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I. Only seven months after the conflict's end, Congress repealed the time change in 1919, although some cities — notably New York, Boston and Chicago — continued to use it. War brought nationwide usage again when Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed year-round Daylight Saving Time in 1942.
For more than two decades — from 1945 to 1966 —there were no uniform rules for Daylight Saving Time. States could start and end daylight saving whenever wanted, thereby causing widespread confusion especially for train and bus schedules, and the broadcast industry. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which set the last Sunday of April as the beginning and the last Sunday of October as the end of Daylight Saving Time.
In 1986, Congress changed the beginning of DST to the first Sunday in April, while the end remained the last Sunday in October. These start and end dates stayed in effect from 1987 to 2006, when the length of Daylight Saving was extended yet again to run from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November.
Editor’s note: Sources for this article included TimeandDate.com and History.com.
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