CHANGE CLOCKS--Fall Back This Weekend!

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(MURFREESBORO) Daylight savings time in Tennessee ends at 2:00 AM this coming Sunday morning, November 3, 2019. Before you go to bed Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed.

As you recall, Tennessee is among seven states that have passed legislation to keep their area on daylight savings time year around. In fact, Governor Bill Lee signed that legislation back in May. However, it must now be approved by the federal government--not always known for their speed.

In addition to the Volunteer State, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Washington also passed similar legislation.

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Change Smoke Alarm Batteries Too

As you set your clocks back an hour, Rutherford County Fire Rescue wants to remind you to also change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

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"If you do not have smoke alarms with a ten-year lithium battery, batteries should be changed in each unit twice a year," said Fire Inspector/Investigator Joshua Sanders. "For that reason, the time change serves as a perfect reminder." Even hard-wired smoke alarms have battery-backup, and those batteries should be replaced regularly as well.

Sanders also mentioned that all smoke alarms have a typical lifespan of 10 years. "After that, they should be replaced with a new unit."

"It is critical for Rutherford County residents to have working smoke alarms in their homes," said Sanders. "Nationwide, the majority of fatal house fires occurred in homes that did not have working smoke alarms. Being prepared with working alarms can cut your family's risk of a fire death in half.

Who thought of changing the clocks?

The idea to change clocks ahead or behind an hour twice annually was led by a campaign pushed forward in a brochure titled, "The Waste of Daylight." Englishman William Willett published the information in 1907. The British Parliament never backed his idea and Willett died 8 years later, never to see his proposal move forward.

The United States implemented the measure on March 31, 1918. One year later, the implementation was repealed.

Despite a repeal in the "National Daylight Saving Time," larger cities like New York and Chicago stuck to the original plan. However, the measure didn't exactly stick and in 1963 Time Magazine called Daylight Saving Time, "Chaos of Clocks."

Finally in 1966, the "Uniform Time Act" was passed in Congress and a standardized daylight saving time was agreed upon.

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