Nov 7, 2010 8:36 AM by James Egbert

Time to Fall Back

Today is the day!  As of 2:00AM Sunday we were to set our clocks back one hour and gain another restful hour of sleep as we ease back into Mountain Standard Time and end Daylight Saving Time.

This is also the time of year that the fire department would like to remind you to check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Just as a side note, most computers, cell phones and some other appliances with clocks automatically set themselves, but it is good to check those as well.

So the question is still being asked why we change our clocks twice a year to daylight savings then back to standard time and there are a multitude of explanations from farming to fuel consumption. 

After a little research we think we've found at least part of the answer...  It was during World War I that daylight savings time was implemented primarily to conserve fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting. Although many states and communities in the U.S. continued to observe daylight saving time after the war, it was not officially observed nationally again until World War II. The observance continued for several years and finally the passing of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided a basic frame work for alternating daylight savings and standard times which is now observed throughout the United States except for a few states that have exempted themselves from participating like Arizona and parts of Indiana.  The shift has undergone some modifications over the years to keep us all on time for our daily lives and it seems there is no end in sight.  Only time will tell.



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