When clocks change for daylight saving, change smoke detector batteries


To railroad companies around the world, that wasn't acceptable.

Smoke alarms lose sensitivity over time and should be replaced periodically.

In 1966 they scrapped the time change though some border towns do comply in keeping with their neighbours in Canada, or to the south. That means pushing clocks ahead one hour.

Back in the 1970s, the idea of Daylight Savings Time as a year-round thing was more popular as a way to conserve supplies of energy. She further proposed combining the current four time zones into just two - an Eastern and a Western time zone for the continental United States.

While the extra hour of daylight in the evenings is a welcome treat to many, the first few days can be a rough adjustment following the lost hour of sleep.

Come Saturday night, before heading blissfully to sleep, we will move ahead those clocks and watches and spring forward.

It didn't go smoothly. No more springing forward and losing an hour of sleep in March. He believes many others agree, and has a bill headed for a state Senate hearing that could eventually make Daylight Saving Time last all year in California. NASA claims it was invented by Benjamin Franklin as a way to make best use of daylight hours. But like most weeds, the practice thrived by neglect. Work is becoming more flexible and people increasingly set their own schedules. During the 1970s energy crisis, President Richard Nixon signed an act implementing daylight time starting in January 1974 for a period of almost two years.

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This wasn't exactly ideal. It's been modified several times, including year-round "War Time" during WWII.

Great for golf - but what about everyone else?

Today we know that changing the clocks does influence our behavior. In 1920, The Washington Post reported that golf ball sales in 1918 - the first year of daylight saving - increased by 20 percent.

Here's a full Congressional Research Service report on the history of Daylight Saving Time and the surprising number of times the USA government has considered the matter.

Barry University student Kameron Milan said he lived in Arizona, which has year-round standard time, which he liked, but 'it doesn't make that much of a difference, 'it's so minor'.

The vast majority of the country observes daylight saving time. Are we, collectively, morning people or evening people? (Our internal clock is actually a little longer than 24 hours, but gets naturally re-synchronized by environmental cues.) Exposure to light or darkness generally causes our bodies to produce hormones, particularly melatonin, that tell us when we should be alert or asleep - though artificial lighting can wreak some havoc on that system. In 2007, Daylight Saving Time was extended by four weeks. And in Florida, lawmakers have just approved a bill, called the Sunshine Protection Act, to keep it going throughout the year in their state.

On Jan. 8, 1974, Richard Nixon forced Floridians and the entire nation into a year-round daylight saving - a vain attempt to stave off an energy crisis and lessen the impact of an OPEC oil embargo.