Daylight Saving Time – Check those smoke alarms and CO detectors!

Daylight Saving Time?  How did this all get started in the first place?  The amount of daylight is increasing at this time of the year, has been since late December, and will continue to until late June.

So if it is increasing, how or what is there to save?  Benjamin Franklin

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during his time as an American delegate in Paris in 1784, in an essay, “An Economical Project.” Read more about Franklin’s essay.

This idea was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett (1857-1915).  In his pamphlet, “The Waste of Daylight” (1907), he proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and regressing them by that same amount on four Sundays in September.  As he was taking an early morning ride one day, Willett was struck by the fact that the blinds of nearby houses were closed, even though the sun was fully risen.  In his aforementioned pamphlet he wrote:

“Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings.  Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”

Hence, the original idea of ‘saving’ it, so people could be more productive during the daylight hours instead of getting up earlier in the morning.

Our modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed prior to Willet’s pamphlet in 1895 by George V. Hudson and was first implemented during World War I as a way to conserve fuel used to produce electricity.  Many countries have used it at various times since then. Although most of the United States used DST throughout the 1950s and 1960s, DST use expanded following the 1970s energy crisis and has generally remained in use in North America and Europe since that time.

DST in today’s form was signed into law by President George W. Bush when he signed the Energy Policy Act into law in 2005.  This extended the length of DST by four weeks. It now begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November — except in Hawaii and Arizona, where they observe standard time year-round. With all of that sunshine, they probably don’t even care what time it is. (Parts of Indiana, by the way, resisted DST until 2006.)

So, there is your abbreviated tutorial on how Daylight Saving Time came about.

From our perspective, there is something very important that we can attach to this, as a reminder: replace your batteries in any critical or sensitive piece of electronics that you have, especially your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors!

If you don’t have them, have Brubaker Inc. install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for your family’s safety and peace-of-mind. Contact us at (717) 299-5641 or email us.

Time and again we read of tragedies occurring that possibly could have been prevented if people had working up-to-date smoke alarms and CO detectors.  We at Brubaker Inc. have highlighted this numerous times in our tips and articles, including Safety Note – A check for your home’s heating system, Are You Prepared?, Speaking of Smoke Alarms…, It’s that time of year again, when we ‘Fall Back’ and change our clocks., and Could This Happen To You?.

Your welfare is that important to us.  For so little investment of both time and money, peace of mind can be had, and greater still, a possible tragedy might be averted because smoke and CO alarms are present in your home and the batteries are replaced regularly!


Sources:

1. About Daylight Saving Time – History, rationale, laws & dates

2. Daylight Saving Time, Wikipedia.org

3. 8 ways that daylight saving time affects us by Michael Morain, Des Moines Register; published in USA Today, March 8, 2013