Next Sunday, some people will be late for church services. Those who goof off over the weekend might be late for school or work. Why? It's time once again to play "Beat the Clock", that time-honored game of pretending the day is longer by pushing the hands forward one hour.
Daylight Savings Time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time. On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1:00 a.m. local standard time. Most of the US observes Daylight Savings Time, with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona, except in the Navajo Nation, which observes DST even in Arizona.
Daylight Savings Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring. There is some controversy about the practice and has been ever since Benjamin Franklin conceived the idea. There is evidence that the severity of auto accidents increases and work productivity decreases as people adjust to the time change. Parents express concern that Daylight Savings Time results in early morning dangers, as children are less visible as they cross roads and wait for school buses in the darkness. DST sounded the death knell to drive-in movies, as they couldn't start the movie until 10pm when it was fully dark.
Like it or not, changing the clocks is a good reminder to change the batteries in our smoke detectors. Firefighter William McNabb, of Troy, Michigan, estimates 90% of homes have smoke detectors, but about 1/3 of them have dead or missing batteries.