Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. Officials advise residents to move clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
Prepare to lose an hour of sleep this weekend. Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. Officials advise residents to move clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
Daylight-saving time ends Nov. 3 at 2 a.m.
Daylight-saving time is part of a federal law, the Standard Time Act, which includes a daylight-saving measure that essentially moves an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
It was started as a way to save energy, especially during the two World Wars; however, its effect on energy use today is unknown.
Smoke alarms and irrigation timers
Residents are reminded to reset irrigation timers. New watering restrictions go into effect March 13, and Pinellas County residents will be allowed to water lawns and landscapes before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. only. Citations with fines will be issued for first offenses.
Local fire officials are reminding residents to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors. Officials estimate that about 90 percent of homes in the United States have smoke detectors; however about 30 percent are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.