Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries
March 6, 2012
Prepare to spring forward as daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. March 11.
Set clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.
The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.
During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.
The winter-to-fall daylight saving time period lasts until Nov. 1.