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Daylight Saving Time: Spring forward, change batteries

The church may be forgiving on Sunday morning, but you won’t be able to use the time change excuse for work on Monday morning.

At 2am Sunday morning, you’ll need to set the clocks an hour forward as we prep for spring and the long days of summer.

And no, you don’t have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to change the clocks, just do so before bed.

But more than remembering to spring forward an hour on the clock, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross say now is a good time to double check the batteries in  your fire alarm. A fresh battery could be a lifesaver if there’s a fire when you’re asleep.

And while with modern technology you may barely think about the clocks (since they’ll likely update on your cell phone without your thinking about it), Daylight Saving Time was once meant to conserve energy and maximize the day.

Daylight Saving Time was first used in communities in Canada in 1908. Germany was the first country to formally adopt the practice in 1916.

In the United States, DST was first implemented in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson as an effort to support World War I, but it was repealed just months later. It wasn’t until 1942 that President Theodore Roosevelt implemented year-round DST.

Daylight Saving Time is now used in over 70 countries, though it goes into effect at various times in various places.

Remember: spring forward before bed, change those batteries, and get ready for the spring season to roll in.

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