Daylight savings 2013: Change your clocks on Sunday

Mirror staff reports:

The biannual time change is here, bringing to mind the saying “spring forward, fall back.” Daylight savings ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, so remember to set your clocks back one hour. While you’re at it, be sure to check batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The next daylight savings time change will be March 9, 2014, when Washington residents will set their clocks forward by one hour.

The idea for daylight savings is believed to have come from Benjamin Franklin when he served as a U.S. ambassador to France. Germany was the first nation to implement the concept on a grand scale during World War I, chiefly as a means of reducing artificial lighting to save coal for the war effort, according to an article in National Geographic.

The U.S. made daylight savings mandatory for all states during World War II to save wartime resources, according to National Geographic. Since then, the measure has always been optional for states. Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marinas Islands do not observe daylight savings. Residents in Arizona do not observe the time change, with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation.


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