Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins this Sunday, March 8.

DST is a way of making better use of natural daylight in the evenings by setting the clocks forward one hour during the summer.

Tips on how to prepare:

  • Reset your clocks forward one hour Saturday night before going to bed.
  • Children may have difficulty during bedtime and wake up time, so try to keep routines the same.

Many fire departments encourage people to change the battery in their smoke/carbon dioxide detector when they change their clocks because it provides for a convenient reminder.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President George W. Bush on Aug. 8, 2005.

Under this law, DST begins three weeks earlier than previously, on the second Sunday in March. DST is extended by one week to the first Sunday in November.

The new start and stop period began in March 2007.

When did it start?

Daylight Saving Time began during World War I to help conserve fuel used to generate electricity. It dropped off until World War II, when it was implemented nationally once again.

During WWII, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time, dubbed “War Time,” from Feb. 9, 1942, to Sept. 30, 1945.

By 1966, some 100 million Americans were observing Daylight Saving Time based on their local laws and customs. Congress decided to step in and end the confusion, and to establish one pattern across the country. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S. Code Section 260a), signed into Public Law 89-387 on April 12, 1966, by President Lyndon Johnson, created Daylight Saving Time.

The law was amended in the 1970s, 1980s and lastly in 2005.

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