Whenever I see the clocks change, I know that the season is changing soon. After this last storm, I know all of us, except for the skiers in our group, are ready for spring to finally arrive.
I thought it would be fun to pass along a few facts about Daylight Saving Time. Most of the United States begins DST at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday in March and returns to STD on the first Sunday in November. Notice I said most–DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Arizona. However, the Navajo Nation, due to its large size located in three states, does participate. You got that?
Another fun fact is that no daylight is saved–it is just shifted effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Perhaps we really should be saying Daylight Time Shifting–but it just doesn’t sound right after all these years.
In the United States, 2:00 AM was chosen for minimal impact. People are mostly at home at this hour, transportation is more limited if not running at all, and it stays the same day, which could add to our confusion! How many of us have forgotten at least once to change our clocks? It is not so easy now with our phones, cable TV, and other devices automatically adjusting for us. We still have to adjust the clock on our stove and microwave in my home. What do you have to do yourself? Your watch perhaps?
The U.S. Congress extended DST to 8 months in 1973. This was following the oil embargo of that year. The Dept. of Transporation realized that be observing DST in March and April we were able to save as a nation the equivalent of about 10,000 barrels of oil each day. Then in 1986 DST moved to the first Sunday in April, rather than the last. This addition time added even more to our savings, estimated at about 300,000 barrels of oil each year.
Many parents wanted to move DST to include Halloween as a safety concern for children. So in 2007. DST has been set to start on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November.
This is always a great reminder to check all safety devices in our homes. Make sure your fire extinguisher is charged, your batteries new in your smoke detectors, and check your carbon monoxide detector too!
Safety first is a great motto and I encourage everyone to be smart and safe!
Let’s enjoy the changing in the season!