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        It's that time of year again ~ Daylight Savings Time

                           in Scarsdale, NY 10583


 Spring forward on your clocks and devices this Saturday

night before bedtime, or Sunday over coffee.  Also, it's a good

time to check that fire alarms are working!


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So, this is my favorite time of year in many ways, with a March birthday, warm weather on the way and flowers and trees thinking about blooming.  On the other hand, we lose this hour and "Spring Forward," every March.  I really miss this hour...until fall.



Spring forward or Fall Back?


The term “spring forward – fall back” is meant to trigger your memory to set your clocks forward one hour in the spring at the start of DST, and one hour back in the fall when DST ends.


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               This fab pic of "Six Public Clocks in London is copywritten by the remarkable "Williams87" 



“Spring Ahead” and “Spring Up”

A different way to remember which direction to set your clock for Daylight Savings is that, in the spring, you bring out (or forward) the garden furniture (clocks are set 1 hour ahead), and in the fall you put them back inside (clocks are set 1 hour back).  This is what a European friend tells me is common in some of the 79 countries that participate in Daylight Savings Time.



daylight savings spring forward sunday fire water cleanup mold removal 911 restoration emergency scarsdale ny 10583 westchester countyOne of our founding Fathers, Ben Franklin. suggested waking up earlier because it would help early Americans save on the cost of so many candles.




“March Forward”

“March forward” is another term used to remind people about the DST start dates in the Northern hemisphere, like the USA, Canada and Europe, where it starts in March.  



aylight savings spring forward sunday fire water cleanup mold removal 911 restoration emergency scarsdale ny 10583 westchester countyRecords have shown that the phrase “spring forward, fall back” has been in use at least as far back as the early 20th century. For example, the Heppner Gazette-Times (on October 28, 1928), printed a notice stating “Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, October 31.



Remember to set your clocks back one hour before midnight this Sunday, March 13, 2016.


Other Daylight Savings factoids:  On January 4, 1974, President Nixon signed into law the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973. Then, beginning on January 6, 1974, implementing the Daylight Saving Time Energy Act, clocks were set ahead. On October 5, 1974, Congress amended the Act, and Standard Time returned on October 27, 1974. Daylight Saving Time resumed on February 23, 1975 and ended on October 26, 1975.


This is also a GREAT time to check your Fire Alarms

in the house:  

...even if they are on an electric hookup vs. the battery style ceiling versions.  Change your clocks and test your battery and here are some tips on how to do both:



How to test a smoke detector:

"Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States (this is not so, the CDC has very poor records for 2005) and the third leading cause of fatal home injury (Runyan 2004)".[1]


The widespread use of smoke detectors in home has resulted in significant reductions of injuries and deaths from house fires. You can cut the chance that you or someone that you love will die in a house fire simply by installing these inexpensive devices in your home.


However, the only smoke detector that can help you survive is the one that works...correctly!  Like all electronic devices, they can fail. The only way to be sure that your smoke alarm will work when you need it is to test it periodically.


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    Alert all members of your household that you are testing the alarm first, unless you would like to use the opportunity for a fire drill.
    • If your smoke detector is hardwired to a monitored security system, be sure to notify the security system's company that you are performing a test before you test the alarm. You don't want the fire department showing up at your door!
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    Have someone go to a part of the house or apartment that is as far from the smoke detector as possible when conducting a function test, to determine whether the alarm can be clearly heard at that distance. Remember, it has to be loud enough to awaken the deepest sleeper in the household.
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    Push and hold the test button for a few moments.  Your detector should produce a loud noise. 
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    To test whether the unit will actually work in a fire, you will need a small spray can of smoke detector test aerosol. You might find this in a well-stocked hardware or home improvement store. If not, you can find it by searching the Internet. They cost only a few dollars, and one small can will last for years.
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    Test every smoke alarm in your home every month. If you are not willing to do that, do it at least a few times a year. Always test alarms after battery changes to make sure that your device is working.
  7. Think of me and my lost hour of sleep as you start the week next week...I'll be the red hot mess, missing my hour, if we meet in Westchester!


Posted by


Hillary Sheperdfire water mold cleaning restoration flood soot puffback scarsdale mount vernon, ny

Vice President / Co-Owner, 

Servpro of Scarsdale /Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, NY  10550


Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon

Flood, fire, mold remediation

Comments (5)

Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Great tips, Hill.  I'm looking forward to DST, but I know I'll be tired on Monday.

Mar 11, 2016 09:46 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Hillary - I will start Sunday with a Spring in my step.  More and more of my clocks are auto ajust.

Mar 11, 2016 12:49 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I decided this year I am going to set my clock back 23 hours.

Mar 11, 2016 07:49 PM
Hillary Sheperd

Richard...great idea, love it.Grant, glad you are springy and will look for those auto adjust cl9cks. Super.

Mar 13, 2016 03:33 PM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Debbie:  I hear ya', so tired together.  Hang in there Women of Westchester!

Thanks for the comments guys and gals!

Mar 14, 2016 04:59 AM