This is 100th year of leaping forward


When 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, becomes 3 a.m., it will be the 100th time daylight saving time will take effect! It was first observed in the United States in 1918. 

Having an "extra" hour of daylight until November 5, will not occur in Arizona or Hawaii as well as in American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Our neighbor to the north, Canada, was the first to use daylight saving time (DST) in what is now Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1908. 

The idea of using daylight more efficiently and saving energy was in the thoughts of Benjamin Franklin. It is reported that he jokingly said that waking up earlier would save on candle usage. 

Sergeant Juan Clas from the 12th Police District reminds us that the March and November dates were established by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. no. 109-58, 119 Stat 594 (2005)

Other reminders

  • Setting your clocks forward on Saturday night will insure you will be on time Sunday.
  • It is a great time to check or replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. 


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