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Don't forget to set the clock ahead by an hour

Posted March 7, 2009 9:51 p.m. EST
Updated March 7, 2009 10:49 p.m. EST

— Time to set the clock forward by an hour.

Also, you can heat up the grill and break out the badminton set. Daylight saving time is returning to shift an hour of light to the evenings.

That means push the clocks ahead - spring forward - before going to bed Saturday night. The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time.

Daylight-saving time ends Nov. 1.

About Daylight Saving Time

The federal law that established "daylight time" in the United States does not require any area to observe daylight saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law.

From 1986 to 2006 this was the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time.
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.