Daylight Saving Time on Sunday! Facts, Fiction, And Smoke Detectors

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, Nov. 7, and begins again at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

After clocks “fall back,” it’ll be lighter earlier in the morning and darker earlier in the evening. Clocks should be turned back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night. The end of Daylight Saving Time is often called Fall Back or Winter Time and gives people an “extra” hour of sleep this weekend but less evening sunlight in the months to come.

Daylight saving time: Fact and fiction
  • It’s daylight saving time, not daylight “savings” time. You are saving daylight, not savings daylight.
  • Contrary to popular belief, daylight saving time was not invented for the benefit of farmers. Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784.
  • The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I.
  • From 1986 to 2006, DST in the U.S. started in April and ended in October but was extended to March through November beginning in 2007.
  • About 70 countries around the world observe DLS.
  • Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of Arizona don’t observe the time change.

 

Red Cross: Turn Back The Clock And Test Your Smoke Alarms

As people turn their clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, the American Red Cross asks everyone to also test their smoke alarms.

Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster and tragically take seven lives every day in this country.

“It’s critical to take action now to be as safe as possible as the threat of home fires increases with the holidays and cooler weather,” said Jill Orton, Regional Executive Director, Nebraska-Iowa Region. “Just in the past month, Red Cross volunteers in this state responded to 33 home fires. The good news is that you can take a few simple steps this weekend to help protect your loved ones.”

During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. As the clocks “fall back” when daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 7, it’s also the perfect time to test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if needed.

In addition to testing your smoke alarms this weekend, follow these three steps get your home ready:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  2. Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. Components such as sensors can become less sensitive over time. Follow your alarm’s manufacturer instructions.
  3. Practice your two-minute home fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes — that’s the amount of time you may have to escape a burning home before it’s too late. Include at least two ways to get out of every room and select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can meet.

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVES 1,000+ LIVES Since October 2014, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign with community partners has saved at least 1,048 lives by educating families about fire safety, helping them create escape plans and installing more than 2.2 million free smoke alarms in high-risk homes across the country.

For more information, including safety tips and free resources, visit redcross.org/homefires or download the free Red Cross Emergency app by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in app stores.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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