Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow

Published 2:25 am Saturday, March 7, 2009

Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour tonight because Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow morning at 2 a.m.

At this time of the year, Clanton Fire Chief David Driver would like to remind residents to also replace the batteries in their smoke detectors.

“Everyone should test their smoke detectors weekly and change the batteries twice a year,” he said. “This is an easy time to replace the batteries with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.”

This is only the third year that clocks spring forward an hour during the month of March. Daylight Saving Time was extended in 2007 passed with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that added four weeks to daylight time.

Daylight Saving Time first began in the United States during World War I in an effort to conserve fuel used to generate artificial lighting. It was suspended after the war ended, but was restored again during World War II. In the years that followed, some states and communities continued to have Daylight Saving Time.

Instead of the sun rising around 6 a.m., the sun will now rise around 7 a.m. beginning Sunday. The sunset will also be setting around 6:50 p.m. instead of 5:50 p.m.