Published: 2016-03-06 06:00:00
Updated: 2017-03-06 07:45:57
Posted March 6, 2016
Updated March 6
The dark days of winter are almost over.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m.
In the annual ritual, most of the United States (and 70 countries around the world) lose an hour of sleep to gain an hour of daylight in the evening.
The switch always occurs on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, which means it's back to Standard Time on Nov. 5.
A safety reminder
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges consumers to use the semi-annual clock change as a reminder to test and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.