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Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday

Don't forget that there is a big change with Daylight Savings Time this year - it has been extended a month, officially beginning at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 11 and reverting back to Standard Time at 2 a.m. the first Sunday of November. So be sure and move your clocks ahead one hour.

This is a departure from the former Daylight Savings Time observance of the first Sunday of April and the last Sunday of October. The extension was set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to conserve energy. By adding the entire month of April it is estimated that about 300,000 barrels of oil will be saved nationwide each year. It also means that less electricity will be used for lighting and appliances late in the day that could result in trimming the entire country's energy usage by about one percent each day.

The National Fire Protection Association and local fire departments also encourage consumers to correlate fire protection and safety with the onset of Daylight Savings Time by annually changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

West Fargo Fire Chief Roy Schatschneider has been advocating this for years. "When you change your clocks, change your batteries. This is a good reminder for people to maintain both their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis."