STATE – This weekend, New Jersey residents will regain the hour of sleep they lost in the spring when daylight time began. Officially, clocks should be set back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, but most will probably do this before going to sleep on Saturday night.
Daylight saving time was initially proposed to allow people to take better advantage of sunlight hours by shifting them later in the day.
Daylight saving time was officially established by law in 1918, but it only lasted one year before being repealed at the national level. During World War II, it was put back into effect; however, until 1966 it was largely left as a local matter.
The dates that daylight time begins and ends have changed over the years. For a couple of years in the 1970s, daylight time was implemented in January or February.
Some parts of the United States do not observe daylight time, notably Hawaii and most of Arizona. Many other nations also adopt some version of the practice. This year, Russia decided to remain permanently in daylight time.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at the same time they change their clocks.
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