This Sunday marks the beginning of daylight saving time. That means we’ll be “springing forward” and setting our clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. March 12. Sunrise and sunset will be about an hour later starting then.
Although you’ll be losing an hour of sleep, the upside is that we’ll have more hours of daylight throughout the spring and summer. Daylight Saving Time won’t end until 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 5.
Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Daylight saving time lasts a total of 34 weeks.
Prior to 2005, clocks used to spring forward on the first Sunday in April and didn’t change until the last Sunday in October. The change was put in place, in part, to give children more daylight for trick-or-treating.
Don’t forget…when you change your clocks, it’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Georgia officials say almost three of every five home fire deaths reported in the state resulted from fires in homes that did not have smoke alarms at all, or they were not working properly.