Daylights saving time comes to an end on Sun., Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. Turning the clock back one hour before going to bed on Saturday evening, however, is much easier than awaking during prime sleep time or realizing one has overslept on Sunday morning. It's also a time fire departments and safety experts remind people to check their smoke alarms and change the energy supply in those that run on batteries.
The origins of the modern advancing of clocks to gain an hour of daylight can be credited to George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist who wanted more time to collect insects. He first proposed the idea in 1895 paper presented to the Wellington Philosophical Society in New Zealand. However, daylight saving time didn't get put into practice until 1916 when Germany and its WWI allies began the practice as a way to preserve coal. The United States began the practice of advancing clocks one hour during the 1950s; the rest of North America and much of Europe began doing the same during the 1970s energy crisis. It has been in constant use since that time.
While the benefits and disadvantages of daylight savings time have been argued by politicians, health experts, farmers and others, the practice of advancing the clock in the spring and then setting it back in the fall looks as if it's here to stay. It provides a great opportunity for public safety officials to remind people to check that their smoke detectors are working properly. It's also a great time to change the batteries in those that run on battery power. School officials also encourage children to talk to their parents about an escape route should a fire break out in their home.
Whether you live alone in an apartment or in a house with a large family, remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening and to make sure you have working smoke alarms installed with fresh batteries.