Daylight Savings Time is Here!

The sun sets earlier and rises later, and we all change our clocks.  How did the standard of Daylight Savings Time come to be, and how can you prepare for this bi-annual time change? 

What is Daylight Saving Time? 

Daylight Saving Time is the standard that requires setting a clock forward an hour in the spring to make use of available daylight.  Clocks are set back one hour in the fall.  This year’s Daylight Savings ends on Sunday November 1st  as  clocks will be set back 1 hour from 02:00 (2 am) to 01:00 (1 am) in each time zone. 

How did it get started? 

The United States instituted a standard time law in 1918 that included a provision for Daylight Saving Time.  The Smithsonian has an article detailing the legal history of this standard: One Hundred Years Later, the Madness of Daylight Saving Time Endures.

Making the Transition Easier  

Time change can be hard but there are some things you can do to make it easier.   

When you reset your clocks, keep in mind that the time change is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors!  

-Rebecca Kohn, Senior Librarian, Rinconada Library

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