Rushville Republican

November 2, 2012

Turn your clocks back Saturday night

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Most Hoosiers will change their clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday. You are reminded to turn your clocks back one hour prior to going to bed Saturday night.

The early morning change was designed to minimize disruption in most work schedules.

As a result of the extra hour of slumber, many Hoosiers me awake feeling a little more rested as they begin the process of adjusting to daylight-saving time (DST).

Although cell phones change time automatically, the time change will also effect DVD, microwave oven clocks and some stereos,

Since the idea to observe DST was first proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin it has been controversial.

During August, 2005 then President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act that established the change take place twice annually: the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday in November.

Rushville Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins also said that the change is a timely reminder for residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. Jenkins said smoke detectors are a potentially life-saving device and noted they are required in all multi-family residences.

The fire chief continued by saying that smoke detectors should be placed near all bedrooms and in the kitchen area.

According to national statistics, although most homes and residential complexes now adhere to the requirement of placing smoke detectors as required by law, only two-thirds of them are operational as the result of dead batteries.

Frank Denzler can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 ext. 106