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Don't Forget to Turn Back the Hands of Time this Weekend!

Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this Sunday, November 6, at 2 A.M. Yes, you will gain the hour of sleep you lost on Sunday, March 13!

Connecticut Red Cross encourages everyone to test smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back. Here in Connecticut, Red Cross reports that volunteers respond to an average of two home fires each day. Home fires account for most of the more than 60,000 disasters that the Red Cross responds to annually across the country. "Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half,” said Rebecca Johnson, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region.

On a "lighter" note, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, "Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to “save” daylight. It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight:

Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually…. Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.

NPR published an interesting story about Daylight saving time: 4 things you should know. Read it here.

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