Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, 2 a.m., Nov. 4, 2012

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Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight and get an extra hour of sleep.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) becomes Standard Time (ST) Sunday at 2 a.m., Nov. 4, 2012. The change – 2 a.m. becomes 1 a.m. – occurs the first Sunday of November every year.

DST began this year on Sunday March 12, at 2 a.m. DST – 2 a.m. becomes 3 a.m. – begins the second Sunday in March every year.

The “Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT)” extended the previous DST period by an extra month as an energy-saving measure to lop an estimated 1 percent off household energy bills.

President George W. Bush got this one right.

Can’t remember which way to turn your clocks?

In the spring, set clocks forward one hour. In the fall, set clocks back one hour.

Spring forward. Fall back. Get it?

Because time changes in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, many people adjust their clocks Saturday night before bedtime.

Use the DST-to-ST change to change clocks, batteries, security devices, more

In addition to changing those old time keepers that don’t have built in computer chips or automatic resets, don’t forget programmable thermostats, security systems, guest room and vacation home clocks and all those other out-of-the way time pieces and devices that don’t automatically reset. Some clocks that can automatically reset, may not if you don’t program it to do so.

Safety experts say because you are likely going from room to room to change or check clocks, the time change is also a good time to pull a safety check on your home.

That includes changing batteries in smoke alarms, CO2 detectors, flash lights, garage opener remotes and other devices.

Take stock of or restock your emergency/survival kit at home and in your car and recharge your fire extinguisher.

Also, check your home, garage or storage areas for dated and hazardous materials you need to properly discard.

Finally, check and properly discard expired medications, both over-the-counter and prescription medicine.

The twice of year check helps keep you and your home safe and secure.

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