“Spring forward” an hour on March 10th but don’t forget to spring into action
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. The Uniform Time Act is the law that establishes standard times zones in the United States and authorizes Daylight Savings Time. That is why we “spring forward” this time of year so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on March 10th or before you go to bed on March 9th.
The debate that we no longer need daylight savings time still rages on. Each year when we spring forward, the common complaints are always the same: it’s not necessary; it throws off the internal body clock; it’s a hassle to change every watch and clock you own; and it produces a lot of sleepy drivers for those first few weeks until people catch up on the hour they lost.
In the world of emergency management, Daylight Savings Times offers another opportunity to remind people to make readiness a routine part of their lives. So use this time of year as a reminder to:
- Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
- Make sure family members are registered for emergency alerts at
- Review your emergency plan.
- Update and replace supplies in your emergency supply kit.
- Review your emergency communication telephone numbers.
- Review your list of emergency documents; copy them to a flash drive or upload new documents to a cloud storage site along with videos and pictures.
- Inspect and test your fire extinguisher.
Spring forward but don’t forget to spring into action. It’s time to get Ready LA. For more readiness tips, visit readyla.org.
Note: Arizona, Hawaii and U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not observe Daylight Savings Time.