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Time Flies – Remember to Adjust Your Clocks!

Daylight Saving Time ClockAs we move deeper into Lent, here is a quick reminder to adjust your clocks for Daylight Saving Time!

When we change our clocks

Today, approximately 70 countries utilize Daylight Saving Time in at least a portion of the country. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of daylight saving.

Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.

In the European Union, Summer Time begins and ends at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). It begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October. In the EU, all time zones change at the same moment.

Spring forward, Fall back

During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

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United
States


European
Union

 Year 

DST Begins
at 2 a.m. 

DST Ends
at 2 a.m. 

Summertime
period begins
at 1 a.m. UT

Summertime
period ends
at 1 a.m. UT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

March 9

November 2

March 30

October 26

2015

March 8

November 1

March 29

October 25

2016

March 13

November 6

March 27

October 30

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(The official spelling is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight SavingS Time.)

 

When in the morning?

In the United States, clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time.  In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

In the European Union, clocks change at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time.  In spring, clocks spring forward from 12:59 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

 

Some U.S. areas

For the U.S. and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona.  The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states.

 

A safety reminder

Many fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks because Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder.

“A working smoke detector more than doubles a person’s chances of surviving a home fire,” says William McNabb of the Troy Fire Department in Michigan.

More than 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.

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