Spring forward, but it could be for the last time

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31

The bright light will help set your internal clock, which regulates sleep and alertness. This Sunday, March 10, instead of the clock turning from 1:59 to 2:00 a.m.as usual, it will tick to 3:00 a.m. instead.

It is also recommended to change the batteries in any smoke or carbon detectors whenever we set our clock back forth every six months.

Maybe you've been told it started to give farmers more time to work.

It's time to abide by the old adage to spring forward - though it's not spring yet - and switch to daylight saving time. The idea was implemented in several places, but wasn't officially instituted until World War I, when Germany put the plan in place in an effort to conserve fuel.

A 2014 Rasmussen poll found that a declining percentage of adults in the United States - 33% - think daylight saving time is "worth the hassle". The U.S. followed suit during World Wars I and II. In 2007, the schedule was updated when we received an extra four weeks of daylight saving time thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

- The entire southern hemisphere: A few countries, mostly in South America, do observe daylight saving time. In 2019, Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the only U.S. states and territories that do not observe Daylight Saving Time. They also spend more money, which is good for the economy. According to Marketplace, the farming lobby was so heavily against the concept, they kept peacetime daylight saving law from being implemented in the US until 1966.

Overall, more than half of the province would rather that BC just remains on standard time year-round. Challengers also doubt that we save any energy, or if we do it is negligible.

States that came around: In the past, Alaska, Michigan and In did not observe the time change. Voters in the Golden State opted to get rid of the annual clock change in the 2018 midterm elections, and Florida lawmakers enacted the "Sunshine Protection Act" aimed at doing the same thing last March. That doesn't mean another won't be introduced later. One study looking at data on over 500,000 mining injuries from 1983 to 2006 found a 5.7 percent increase on the Monday following the time change.

- Two U.S. states: Arizona doesn't for the very practical reason that when summer temperatures soar in the desert, they'd actually prefer it get dark and cool off earlier.

The idea of daylight saving traces its roots to Benjamin Franklin, who in 1784 penned a tongue-and-cheek essay proposing a time shift as a way to reduce candle use.

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