FREMONT – This Sunday, March 10th, you (and your clocks) should “spring forward” one hour to mark the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
At 2AM on Sunday, we’ll all lose an hour in order to gain a little more daylight on the backend of the day. This extra bit of daylight is often helpful to people who suffer from everything to Seasonal Affective Disorder to routine winter slow down. People tend to exercise less, and can be less social during the darker winter months – extra daylight can help abate these common issues.
Experts do recommend going to bed a little earlier on Sunday night before your Monday morning commute, as sleep deprivation can cause accidents – an all too common occurrence in the week immediately after Daylight Savings Time begins. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year.
Another expert tip comes from Fire Chief Todd Bernt at the Fremont Fire Department. Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to change the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors. “Change your clock – change your battery,” he reminded us recently. Senior citizens or disabled people who need help replacing their batteries or who would like to have their detectors checked can call the Fremont Fire Department who will perform these services free of charge. “Just call 402-727-2688 and a member of the fire department will make arrangements to replace the battery,” said Bernt.