Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” this weekend!

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Love it or hate it, it’s time to ‘Spring Forward.’  Please remember to set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night.

Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12.

It means you’ll get an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings, and that’s helpful for many people — you can take care of outside chores when you get home from work, and sports teams can hold practices without having to flip on the field lights.

Quick history of “Springing Forward” and “Falling Back”

Turns out, Canadians were the first to implement the changing of the clock based on the seasons.

According to timeanddate.com, Port Arthur (now known as Thunder Bay) in Ontario, Canada became the first location to use the Daylight Saving Time system in July 1908. A few other cities in Canada were also early adopters of the DST system as far back as the 1914-1916.

But in April 1936, Germany became the first country to adopt the DST system in an effort to save fuel used for artificial lightning during World War I.

Daylight Saving Time in the United States

The Daylight Saving Time system became popular in Europe during the First World War, with Great Britain and France adopting the system in addition to Germany.

According to timeanddate.com, Robert Garland — and industrialist from Pittsburgh — encountered the system in Britain and lobbied for the idea to be used in the United States.

Eventually, President Woodrow Wilson signed Daylight Saving Time into law in 1918. President Franklin D. Roosevelt adjusted the law to be used year-round in 1942.

An attempt to standardize Daylight Saving Time occurred in 1966 with the passage of the Uniform Time Act.

Modern iterations of Daylight Saving Time began in 1974 and 1975, in attempts of saving fuel after the 1973 oil embargo. Per timanddate.com, research results showed that nearly 10,000 barrels of oil were conserved each day following the switch to Daylight Saving Time, though there were concerns that school children would be traveling to school in the dark during winter months.

The current Daylight Saving Time schedule was re-shifted in 2007 following the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. We now “Spring Forward” on the second Sunday of March and “Fall Back” on the first Sunday of November.

Some people don’t care for the hour shift, though. Many say their bodies have a hard time adjusting, kids’ nap schedules get messed up and some don’t like setting all the clocks.

Like it or hate it, it’s about to begin.  Please take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and weather radios.

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m.

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