Daylight saving time this weekend: Get ready to spring forward!

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Daylight saving time

Can you believe it? Daylight saving time is already around the corner. 

This weekend, we ‘spring forward’ one hour. Our sunset time Sunday will be 6:51 p.m.!

Daylight Saving Time officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, so you’ll want to spring forward your clocks this weekend.

Originally, Daylight Saving Time was introduced during World War I as an idea to conserve energy and to make better use of daylight. But many studies have refuted that, saying the amount of energy saved from using less artificial light is insignificant. 

Others say it stemmed from the need to help farmers, but farm animals don’t care what the clock says, as they rise with the sun. But for many, this means darker mornings for longer as they wait for the school bus or drive into work early, and more sun for those who stay at work later than normal. 

But those who work a normal 9 to 5 job won’t see a huge difference by Monday. 

“I work outside so it doesn’t really matter,” said James Bouchard of Chicopee. “It should be daylight all the time.”

I’m sure many of us will enjoy sunnier evenings, even at the cost of the early-morning sun.

Sunset times:

  • December 5: 4:18 p.m.
  • March 5: 5:45 p.m.
  • March 9: 5:50 p.m.
  • March 10(Daylight saving time): 6:51 p.m.

In a news release sent to 22News from the American Red Cross, don’t forget to test your smoke alarms. 

  • Check smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms, and sleeping areas.
  • Create and practice your home fire escape plan. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late. This weekend, create a home fire escape plan with your household and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes. Escape plans should include at least two ways to escape from every room and a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or a landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone knows where to meet. 
     

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