Remember to set your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday as daylight saving time officially ends and standard time begins.
A difference across the Atlantic? REALTORS® in tune with international news may know that Europeans set their clocks back an hour last weekend as daylight saving time ended there. The United States and Europe used to observe daylight saving time at exactly the same time but that changed in 2007 after the Energy Policy Act was signed into law. The act extended daylight saving time from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. Previously, daylight saving time began the first Sunday in April and lasted until the final Sunday in October.
Check clocks in the house and garage. While electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets can be set to automatically update their clocks to correspond with daylight saving time, some watches, wall clocks, vehicle clocks may need to be updated manually.
Check smoke, fire and carbon dioxide alarms, too. Fire safety experts often remind citizens to replace the batteries in smoke alarms at the beginning and end of daylight saving time so that checking the operation of the alarms becomes a habit. They also urge residents to check their fire and carbon dioxide detectors are working properly.