Set clocks back Sunday for end of daylight-saving time

COVINGTON — The good news is, it will be a little lighter for kids waiting for school buses. The bad news is, a pitch black sky by six o’ clock might make you just want to head on to bed before supper.

Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Clocks should be set back one hour Saturday night.

While you’re doing that, local fire departments also recommend changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Detectors that are 10 years old or older should be replaced, said Lt. Chris Kozikowski, fire safety educator/public information officer with Rockdale County Fire Rescue. Be sure to conduct monthly tests to make sure detectors are working, he added.

“We do have smoke detectors available through the fire department, at any of the fire stations or at headquarters off Rockbridge Road,” he said. Rockdale Fire will also come out and install working smoke detectors in homes year-round. The detectors are purchased through donations and grants.

Kozikowski said now is also a good time to think about a family exit plan in the event of a fire.

“Parents need to make sure to practice exit drills with their children at home so the children know how to get out of their home and where to go to a safe place,” he said. “Have a predetermined place to meet outside the home and remind children to get out of the house and not to come back for anything.”

Kozikowski said the mailbox is a good meeting place, but don’t get in the roadway, as fire trucks will be responding to the scene. For those who have difficulty coming up with an exit plan, the fire department can come out and do a home safety survey and make recommendations.

Why Do We Change the Time

We have Benjamin Franklin to thank. The idea of daylight-saving time was first conceived by Franklin when he was an American delegate in Paris in 1784. He wrote about it in an essay called “An Economical Project.”

That’s according to a history published by www.webexhibits.gov, a website funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Time and Frequency Division.

The idea did not came to fruition in America and many European countries until World War I, when there was an international effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.

A law passed in 1918 established standard time zones and set a daylight-saving time period. The law was so unpopular that it was repealed in 1919, but was kept in place as a local option for individual states and cities.

During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a year-round daylight-saving time, called “War Time” from Feb. 9, 1942, to Sept. 30, 1945. After that expired, states and local governments could once again choose whether to observe daylight-saving time, which resulted in confusion, particularly for the public transportation industry.

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 set a uniform daylight-saving time to begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. Any state that wanted to be exempt could pass a state law to do so.

The law has undergone several amendments over the years, the most recent of which occurred in 2007, which set daylight-saving time to being at 2 a.m. the second Sunday of March and end at 2 a.m. the first Sunday of November.

Some states and territories still do not observe daylight-saving time. They are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

The main purpose of daylight-saving time is to make better use of daylight, whether it’s to enjoy long summer evenings or conserve energy, according to Web Exhibits.