(KPLR)-Daylight Saving Time ends overnight, at 2:00am Sunday to be exact. Most Americans will enjoy an extra hour of sleep if they remember to set their clocks back one hour before bed.
The idea of “Spring forward, Fall back” was implemented to save energy. Benjamin Franklin suggested the time change to save money on candles in 1784. Troops in World War I followed suit to save on coal.
Seventy countries around the world participate in Daylight Saving Time. Arizona and Hawaii are the only U.S. states that have opted out.
When you turn those clocks back, there is something else you are supposed to do: check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. In the city of St. Louis, firefighters are teaming with Energizer batteries for a major safety blitz to make sure people get in the habit of checking and changing those batteries.
Firefighters started going door to door in South City Friday and they will be out going door to door again Saturday. If the smoke alarms are more than ten years old, crews install new ones with batteries that last ten years.
The St. Louis Fire Department and Energizer have been working together on this safety program for the past 26 years.