Tips for Daylight Savings

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At 2 a.m. local time daylight saving time arrives in spring, clocks move forward (think: "spring forward"); in fall, they go back (think: "fall back").

Here’s some advice about adjusting to the time changes:

1. Make sure to change your clocks before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid the panic of a late rise. Remember that some clocks change automatically (e.g., cell phones, cable box, etc) so keep it straight in order to avoid missing something!

2. Get ready several days out and introduce self imposed time changes:

For spring: "Try to shift your child’s body clock before the Spring forward comes.  You can start now by putting them to bed 15 minute earlier for the next 5 days which should help.  It’s a shift a bit in the time of the routine, but make sure to keep the routine. (Note: it may take a week to adjust to the new time… it will pass- really!)"

3. Be gentle with yourselves over the week:

For spring: "Spring Forward last year was like being jet lagged and beaten with baseball bats so this year we are going to bed 15 minutes earlier each day and getting up a little earlier too. It's not too late to do the same. In any case, whether you ease into it or tough it out, be gentle with yourselves next week."

Safety Tips:

This is also a good time to put new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as other battery operated devices like hazard warning radios and flashlights.

As a crime prevention tip, the 78th precinct also advises to change PIN numbers when you change the clocks for daylight savings time.

Finally:

Some places don't observe daylight saving time. They include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

Dates to remember:

Mar 12, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time begins
Nov 5, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time ends
Mar 11, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time begins
Nov 4, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time ends
Mar 10, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time begins    
Nov 3, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time ends

For some fun facts and trivia about Daylight Savings, read the PSP page Spring Forward (O The Humanity)

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