By Jaya Franklin
It's that time of year again. Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m., and Georgia residents need to set their clocks back one hour.
However, this year daylight-saving time is a little different.
"A year ago, Congress changed the date for daylight-saving time," notes John Oxendine, Georgia's insurance and fire-safety commissioner. "It ends a week late, and starts a week early," he said.
A national campaign called "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" is encouraging people to practice fire-safety, while rolling their clocks back. The fire-safety program is sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Burn Association.
Oxendine also is encouraging Georgians to check the batteries in smoke alarms, when clocks are reset. He said setting back your clocks for daylight-saving time is a good time to take such preventive measures that can ensure proper, fire-safety preparedness.
"A working smoke alarm is your number one defense against fires," said Oxendine. "Batteries in your smoke alarm should be changed every six months," he added.
"Families should do fire drills at home, because children die in fires at their homes, not in school fires," said Oxendine.
"Every year in Georgia, we have numerous fire fatalities in homes that didn't have smoke alarms or where the alarms didn't function," he said.
Many will welcome the end of daylight-saving time because of the extra hour of sleep it provides. Some, however, will appreciate being able to work in daylight again.
Cliff Shearouse, for example, the assistant director of Henry County Schools Transportation Service, said setting clocks back is a good thing for the transportation service.
"I have a crew that comes in at 5:30 a.m., and some start picking kids up at 6:30 a.m.," said Shearouse. Monday morning, when those kids are picked up from their bus stops, it will be more like 7:30 a.m., instead of 6:30 a.m.
However, there are other Henry County residents who could care less about the change.
"I would much rather have light at the end of the day," said Terry Greer, of Hampton. "But it does give you a chance to make up some of that sleep that you lost."
Monique Raymond, information specialist for the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said when daylight-saving time comes around, some employees have a hard time adjusting.
"Sometimes, we have employees running late," said Raymond. "One thing that definitely affects me is having to get up in the morning when it's still dark out," she said.
But, due to time being rolled back Sunday, instead of up, Raymond won't have that problem.