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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday

Submitted by on November 1, 2019 – 3:36 amNo Comment

We sprung ahead in March and this weekend we’ll fall back.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but modern DST was not proposed until 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift.

It wasn’t until World War I, in 1916, that DST was adopted and implemented by several countries in Europe.

The phrase “spring forward, fall back” reminds us to move clocks ahead one hour in spring and turn them back one hour in fall. That means everyone will enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush says the return of standard time is an excellent opportunity to test and change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

More than one-third of smoke detectors are estimated to have worn out or missing batteries and more than half of all fire deaths could be prevented with properly located and maintained smoke alarms.