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Put clocks forward an hour Saturday night

Daylight saving time begins Sunday
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Daylight saving time begins Sunday — clocks spring forward an hour at 2 a.m. At the Golden Swann Jewelry in Downtown Auburn, it means resetting the time on 10 clocks, co-owner Ben Asgharzadeh said. “We change all of them on Saturday night before we go home,” he said. Moving all those hands forward takes about a half-hour, he added. Asgharzadeh also is in charge of making sure Downtown Auburn’s clocktower — with its four clock faces — has the right time. “We’ve programmed it to change automatically,” he said. The hands on the clocks won’t jump ahead an hour, rather they’ll backtrack 11 hours to the correct time, he explained. Having to get up an hour earlier can be tough for early risers going to work on Monday morning. Losing that hour of sleep has a significant impact, said Monique Banales, Auburn resident and mother of two children, ages 7 and 5. “The first day is bad getting up in the morning and it takes a couple of weeks to adjust to the (different schedule),“ she said. “You try to get (the kids) to go to bed earlier, but they’re not adjusted to the new time yet. So one affects the other.” It’s particularly painful for Banales who gets up at 4:30 a.m. “I’ll just have to go to sleep earlier,” she said. But the upside is, it won’t get dark until after 7 p.m. For Placerville resident Ron Sampson, he’d prefer consistency. “I get up early anyway,” he said. “But I would like for it to be just one or the other. I wish they’d make up their minds. Changing clocks is a hassle.” In fact, the longer days can be a nuisance. “It makes it harder to fall asleep because it is still daylight at 8:30 p.m.,” Sampson said. Auburn resident Eddie Milloy doesn’t mind losing an hour of sleep to gain a longer afternoon. “I like when it stays light, so I like (having) the earlier schedule,” he said. At Eclectic Home in Downtown Auburn, Michele and Tom Smith say they love the longer days. “The more the better,” Michele Smith said. “I wish we had it year-round.” The beginning of Daylight Saving Time is the ideal time to turn attention to smoke alarms, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Chelsea Fox. “Every month we encourage people to just check the batteries to make they’re still good and to dust them off and make sure they’re clean,” Fox said. “And twice a year — when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends — to change the batteries.” Experience has shown that following that safety practice can save lives. “Most fatal fires occur at night while people are sleeping,” Fox said. “For that reason, having a smoke alarm in the house to wake the occupants is very important.” Gloria Young can be reached at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. -------------------------- did you know? According to geography.about.com, daylight saving time first started during World War I to save energy for wartime production. It was brought back during World War II. Then, in 1966, Congress passed a law standardizing the length of the daylight saving time period. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 added four weeks to that time. Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight saving time. The return to standard time will be Nov. 7.