This is a friendly reminder if your plans this Sunday require you to be on time: Daylight Saving Time comes to a close on Sunday, November 4 at 2 a.m.
That's when most of the United States "fall back," turning clocks to 1:00 a.m.
The federal government doesn't mandate all country's states and commonwealths observe DST, so there are several places that don't participate in DST:
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands
- American Samoa
- Northern Marianas Islands
The lost time of DST means an extra 60 minutes of light in the evening, at the price of the loss of morning light for early risers.
Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, came up with the idea of daylight saving, back in 1784.
Local fire departments recommend that residents take a moment to change smoke detector batteries this weekend. The twice-a-year time change is a convenient tie-in with the recommendation that batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms be replaced every six months.
National Geographic documents some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time in the article titled Why do we have daylight saving time? 100 years of history.