Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday Morning; This Year Do More Than Just Changing Your Clocks
“Fall Back” and Gain an Hour of Sleep
Published at 11:45 a.m.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially ends Sunday morning, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. And that means we need to turn clocks back an hour to standard time. Many of us aren’t up at 2 a.m. — or plan to get up at that time — just to change our clocks. So remember to move all your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
Daylight Saving Time is something we don’t pay much attention to — it’s just part of life every March and November to move our clocks. This year we’re asking that you make DST a bigger event in your home.
In addition to changing the time on your clocks, make it your goal to accomplish these two tasks before you go to bed tomorrow night to make sure you’re prepared for any possible emergency:
- First, change the batteries in your smoke alarms. For years, fire officials have encouraged changing the batteries in your smoke alarms every six months; what better reminder than Daylight Saving Time. Since it only takes a couple of minutes to change your batteries this is an easy “to do” item.
- Second, check your emergency supply kits (both in the home and your vehicles). Are they fully stocked? If not, make a quick list of what you need to get them ready, run to the store and update your kits. We’re still in hurricane season and winter weather will soon be here, so you’ll want to make sure you and your family are prepared for any possible emergency.
Being prepared doesn’t take a lot of time or money. But you do have to take action. So — change your smoke alarm batteries and update your emergency supply kits. And don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tomorrow night.
Our Fire Department’s “Safety in Our Community” (SIOC) program, which began in June, has firefighters canvassing homes in neighborhoods every Saturday afternoon, checking for working smoke alarms. Firefighters install batteries and/or smoke alarms free of charge and offer home safety inspections and seasonal fire and safety information as part of the SIOC program. For more life safety information and details on the SIOC initiative, visit fairfaxcounty.gov/fr.
For more on emergency preparedness and making an emergency kit, contact our emergency management office at 571-350-1000, TTY 711.