Daylight Saving Time: Set the Clock, Get New Batteries for Smoke Alarms


The annual debate over Daylight Saving Time will surface again this weekend as most Americans gain an hour of sleep only to curse the loss of an hour next spring. Benjamin Franklin is credited with introducing the concept in a 1784 essay, but it was President Franklin Roosevelt who required DST, dubbed "War Time" in 1941. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 made it permanent.

Daylight Saving Time was pushed to the first Sunday in November in 2007 to prevent pedestrian deaths during Halloween. The change was also seen as a way to encourage greater voter participation, the theory being that more people would vote if it was still light outside after work. But in rare instances—2021, 2027 and 2032—Standard Time will kick in after Election Day.

Residents of Hawaii and much of Arizona don't observe DST, but for the rest of us, we'll be turning our clocks back one hour before hitting the sack tonight as we gain an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. 

We're also reminded that this is an ideal time to put a new battery in our smoke alarms. There's no reason to debate that.