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Set your clocks forward and check your smoke detectors this weekend

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 21:36:15-05

This weekend, it'll be time once again to set our clocks forward an hour and return to Daylight Saving Time.

We'll lose an hour when we spring forward early Sunday morning, going from 1:59 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Firefighters say this is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

"The spring change of changing our clocks, it's actually a great time to also check your smoke alarms, make sure they are working, test them and change their batteries and this includes the CO alarms," said Chief Gerald Kuras, Lompoc Fire Department. "We want to make sure that those are working, too, to keep everybody safe in their homes."

The point of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. The Department of Transportation says that it saves energy, prevents deadly traffic accidents and reduces crime.

Not everyone is fan of messing with the time, though. In fact, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and most of Arizona don’t spring forward or fall back.

Lawmakers in other states are trying to follow suit. Bills that would make Daylight Saving year-round have been introduced in Florida, Washington, California, and Oregon. The states would still need federal approval for that to go into effect.

Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time has been blamed for spikes in heart attacks and car accidents as people get used to a new sleep schedule.

A survey from the Associated Press shows that 70 percent of Americans want to put an end to switching the clocks.