DENVILLE, NJ — As we approach mid-March and warmer temperatures lure us outside, thoughts have turned to spring. One tried-and-true sign that the season of renewal and rebirth is around the corner is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins tomorrow at 2 a.m.
Although some may miss the one-hour loss of sleep, most will welcome the extra hour of light in the evening hours beginning on March 14.
Here are some facts on DST that you may not know:
- Although often referred to a "Daylight Savings Time," the official name is Daylight Saving Time (DST).
- DST has kicked off the second Sunday in March since 2007.
- Benjamin Franklin is often credited with creating DST, but though in favor of maximizing daylight hours, he did not actually propose changing the clocks.
- DST was officially instituted during World War I by Germany in an effort to conserve fuel.
- The U.S. followed suit, but abandoned DST soon after. It was revived in 1942 in an effort to conserve resources during World War II.
- DST was made permanent in 1973 when President Richard Nixon signed the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act.
- President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law, establishing the current schedule.
- Hawaii and Arizona do not observe DST, however the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona does.
- About 40 percent of all countries observe DST. Among those that do not are Russia, China, India and Japan.
- DST ends November 7 when clocks "fall back" one hour.
Daylight Saving Time is often a reminder to change the batteries in home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
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