Press-Republican

March 8, 2014

Daylight-saving time tradeoff

Missing that hour of sleep is worth it, some P-R Facebook readers say


Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Is an hour’s lost sleep worth the tradeoff of more daylight?

Time springs ahead at 2 a.m. Sunday, as daylight saving time kicks in to, obviously, allow more daylight in daytime.

World War I, according to the National Geographic website, prompted the first adoption of a required time change — Germany took the step to cut back the use of artificial light to save coal for its war machine.

The U.S. standardized daylight saving time started in 1918, though it was left up to the states whether to use it.

Daylight saving time was mandatory during World War II, again to save resources.

It has been optional for states since the war’s end, however. 

Press-Republican Facebook readers weighed in on whether losing that last hour abed is worth it.

Here are some responses: 

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten: “No. I always feel jet lagged when we switch the time around. Not looking forward to it this weekend, at all.”

Ann Jason Whalen: “After the winter we just had, I don’t care if I lost 3 hours. lol”

Lisa Lawrence: “I love the light in the evening, but I wonder if this practice of changing the clocks twice a year is obsolete in our 24/7 world.”

Desiree Jordan: “Stupid question but I put our clocks an hour ahead right lol?”

Carissa Roberts Demers: “Yes!”

Rebecca Lawrence: “Also the loss of an hour doesn’t bother me at all. Never has, I just go to bed an hour earlier to make up for it in sleep time...”

Loreen Light: “Yes it is worth it. You get an hour longer of daylight at the onset of the time change. The gardens get more attention and people can enjoy the outside weather longer.”

MISSED MASS

And of course, changing clocks can cause confusion, as some recalled from past years:

John Smith: “Was late for work so I had to stay an extra hour.”

Pat Mather: “Yes I forgot once, I woke the next morning with the same clock as the night before.”

Gerianne Wright: “Missed Mass. Got there and couldn’t figure out where everybody was.”

Lori Ann Stump: “My clock changes automatically.”

News Editor Suzanne Moore: “Showed up an hour early to ride mules into the Grand Canyon one time — Arizona doesn’t do daylight saving time.”

Join the conversation at facebook.com/pressrepublican.

CHANGE DETECTOR BATTERIES

As clocks are changed to reflect daylight saving time, it's the perfect time to check smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors to see if they need new batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in more than one-third of home-fire deaths, no smoke alarms were present. In one-quarter of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound, and 36 percent of fatal fire victims never wake up before being injured.

Here are some smoke- and CO-detector tips from the Firemen's Association of the State of New York:

• Test detectors at least once a month by using the test button.

• Check the batteries every six months and change them every year. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do not disable the unit.

• Vacuum or blow out any dust in the unit.

• Never borrow a battery from a detector to use somewhere else.

• Never paint a smoke or CO detector.

• Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the home, including the basement and in or near each sleeping area.

• Smoke detectors should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation.

• Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

• Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

For more information on smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.fasny.com and www.nfpa.org.