Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 2 am, which means you’ll want to turn your old-school clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night, Nov. 4. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.
Here are some fun facts about DST:
- It is “Daylight Saving Time” (singular), not “Daylight Savings Time” (plural).
- Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am.
- Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 am
- From 1986-2006, Daylight Saving Time began on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October.
- In 2007, Daylight Saving Time changed and now starts in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
- The idea of daylight saving is first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784
- In the United States, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow DST.
- The US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa also do not observe DST
- 70 countries around the world observe DST
By the way, Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to test and change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.