Time to ‘spring forward’: Daylight saving time begins early Sunday

California

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, meaning it’s time to “spring forward” and turn clocks ahead by one hour.

While California voters approved a proposition that allows the state to stay solely on daylight saving time back in 2018, potentially doing away with the biannual “spring forward” and “fall back” in the Golden State, the law only creates a path for the state legislature to request permission from the federal government to make that change. Any efforts from state lawmakers on that front have stalled, so the state continues to observe the shift.

As usual, fire officials urged people to use the time change as a reminder to check smoke alarms and replace the batteries if necessary. It is also a good time to reset timers on outdoor lights and lawn sprinkler systems.

Fire officials offered the following tips on handling and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors:

  • Install smoke detectors on all floors of your home or apartment.
  • If the devices are hardwired into your electrical system, be sure to have a backup battery-operated smoke detector in case of a power outage.
  • Mount alarms high on walls, at least four to 12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Never paint over a smoke detector.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove lint or dust.
  • Test the smoke detectors regularly. If the smoke detector “chirps” it is an indication of a low battery, which should be changed.

The Automobile Club of Southern California also warned morning drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians, since it will be dark for an hour longer in the mornings.

The time change means California will shift into the same hour as Phoenix and Tucson, which do not switch to daylight saving time along, with the rest of the Mountain Time Zone. Hawaii also stays on its standard time, meaning the islands will be three hours earlier than Los Angeles for the next half year, instead of two hours.

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