Time to ?spring forward'

By Ed Brock

Gary Brown won't have a lot of free time this Sunday.

With the coming of Daylight Saving Time on that day, Brown, owner of The Clock Doctor antique clock sales and service center in Morrow, is expecting a lot of calls from his customers.

Actually, the "spring forward" part of Daylight Saving Time, or setting of clocks forward one hour, is the easy part, Brown said. Most problems come when it's time to "fall back" one hour in autumn.

"With the old clocks you have to stop them and let the time elapse," Brown said.

Still, so many people from the younger generation don't know how to set their antique clock's forward, either, so they call Brown.

As for the origin of Daylight Saving Time, Brown said he's always wondered about when it started and why.

"I don't remember having it as a kid," Brown said.

Daylight Saving Time originally began during World War I so manufacturers of war material could take advantage of the longer daylight hours between April and October, according to the "What You Need to Know About" Web site.

The practice was reinstated during World War II for the same reason and between those wars and after World War II individual states decided whether or not to observe the practice. Then in 1966 Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, standardizing the length of Daylight Saving Time, but Arizona, Hawaii, parts of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa have chosen not to observe the practice.

On Oct. 31 at 2 a.m. it will be time to set the clocks back again.

Daylight Saving Time is also a good opportunity to change the battery in the household smoke alarm, said Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.

"We've had 63 fire deaths so far this year, with 25 in March," Oxendine said in a statement. "This is the worst March in Georgia for fire fatalities since 1996. We can reduce the toll fire takes on life and property if we will take the time to keep that vital early warning system, a smoke alarm, functioning properly."