Daylight saving time ends this weekend, prompting city officials to offer a reminder on setting clocks back an hour Saturday night.
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Along with changing clocks, Santa Clarita officials say it’s a good time to go over annual emergency preparedness procedures.
Donna Nuzzi, city of Santa Clarita emergency services supervisor, encourages community members to use this time to take some precautionary steps and prepare for an emergency around the house.
During this time of year, the daylight saving time change will return back to the natural time, making it brighter outside earlier in the morning, but also making it darker earlier in the afternoon.
According to LiveScience: Science News, daylight saving time, or DST, was originally implemented about 100 years ago to cut energy costs and help the economy.
Benjamin Franklin, who is credited for the idea of the time change, believed that it was more efficient to work by daylight rather than by candlelight.
Countries and territories began to temporarily adopt the idea of daylight saving time during World War I, when Germany used the time change to save energy.
Great Britain and the United States followed suit.
But at one point, the time switch caused a lot of confusion.
Not all U.S. cities acknowledge DST, so people traveling through the country had to constantly switch their watches back and forth.
Even the “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul were on different clocks.
Congress later passed the Uniform Time act of 1966, which made certain that if a city participated in DST, the entire state had to acknowledge the change, as well.
Today, daylight saving time is acknowledged in all U.S. states except Hawaii and Arizona.
Crime rates are believed to decrease during DST, according to the U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.
Emergency Preparedness Tips
Change the batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights and portable radios.
Check expiration dates on food and water supplies in your home emergency kits, car kits and work backpacks.
Evaluate your stored water inventory: one gallon of water per person for a recommended five to seven days. Remember that pets need water, too.
Make copies of important documentation. These copies should be stored on an external hard drive, online, in a safe deposit box or in a home fire safe.
Review your homeowner’s insurance policy declarations. Is there enough coverage? Are policy exclusions understood?
Check in on your out-of-state contact. This person can be used to relay information during an emergency.
Search your house for potential hazards during emergencies. Secure cabinets, TVs and computers. Keep heavy objects low, and strap water heaters to code.
Clear debris and leaves from rain gutters. Be prepared for storm weather.
Stay informed. Text SCEMERGENCY to 888777 to receive emergency messages from the City of Santa Clarita.
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Source: Santa Clarita News