It’s that time of year again! As nice as it may have been to have gained that extra hour of sleep last fall, it’s now time to pay up. Tonight most Americans “spring ahead” and lose an hour of sleep.
Clarke County and the most of the U.S. will make the switch to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Tonight clocks move ahead one hour to allow an extra hour of sunlight each afternoon.
However, not everyone in the U.S. will be making the switch from standard time.
Hawaii, Arizona (but not the Navajo Indian territories), Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas stay on standard time.
Clocks will remain ahead until November 4 when we will switch your clocks back an hour and regain that lost hour of sleep.
Over the years, the bi-annual time change has been used as the occasion to test safety equipment; most experts recommend replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors. If you don’t have emergency detectors use the time change as a motivator to purchase the devices.
Officials now are also suggesting that emergency kits be updated along with smoke detectors. Basic home emergency kit components include enough food and water to last your family for three days, along with a radio, flashlight and first-aid kit.