What time does daylight saving time start?

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed Saturday night
Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed Saturday night

If you’re into more sun, like at least 99 percent of us, this, finally, is your weekend.

The days are not only getting longer, but daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks need to be turned an hour forward.

Firefighters said it’s also a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Daylight saving time was first used in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Ont., Canada, although American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin advocated the practice as far back as 1784.

Franklin said the change would save “a considerable number of candles.”

Germany in 1916 became the first country to use daylight saving time. The country did so to minimize use of artificial lighting to save fuel during World War I, according to timeanddate.com.

In the United States, “Fast Time,” as it was called then, was introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I.

The idea in the U.S. was sparked by Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist often called the “Father of Daylight Saving,” according to timeanddate.com. He’d seen it work in the United Kingdom.

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