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Don't Forget to Change Your Clocks

By Chasy Fronheiser, EMT (email)
Oct 26, 2006, 20:22

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, October 29th, so donít forget to change your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on the 28th. Keep in mind that this is also the perfect time to replace those smoke detector batteries!

A working smoke detector more than doubles your chance of surviving a home fire, and though more than 90 percent of homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors, one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.

Did you know???

It is really called Daylight Saving Time, NOT Daylight SavingS Time. However, Daylight Savings Time is also commonly used.

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. By moving an hour of morning daylight to make it afternoon daylight, there is about one percent LESS electricity being used throughout the country.

Daylight Saving Time saves energy for lighting in all seasons, but least during the four darkest months of Winter (November, December, January, and February).

Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or Arizona, however, the Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states.

There is a public health benefit to Daylight Saving Time? Believe it or not, it decreases traffic accidents. Several studies have found that the daylight shift reduces traffic accidents and fatalities by close to one percent! An increase in accidents on dark mornings is more than offset by the evening decrease in accidents.

Source: http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/c.html

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