Plan ahead for time change overnight Sunday
March 13, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. March 13, 2010
Prepare to spring forward: daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Set clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices will make the adjustment automatically.
The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing the batteries once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors will chirp as the battery weakens.
Dennis Hunsinger, acting regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the March ritual of making homes safer from fire is also a great opportunity to review disaster response plans and restock disaster kits.
“Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring signals increased risks for flash flooding, thunderstorms and wildfires,” he said in a news release. “Daylight-savings time is a great time to inventory and restock emergency kits and rehearse disaster plans. No matter how busy or hectic our daily routine, we all need to take the time to think about what to do in the event of severe weather, earthquake — or any other major disaster.”
For the fourth year, clocks will be turned ahead a month earlier than in the past. The daylight-saving shift is a result of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which lengthened the traditional spring-to-fall period.
During daylight-saving time the sun appears to rise an hour later in the morning and set an hour later in the evening, seeming stretching the day. Daylight-saving time will last until the first Sunday in November.