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Daylight Saving 2012 Is Over: It's Time To Fall Back

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Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour: it's time to fall back. Early Sunday morning at 2 am, Daylight Saving will come to an end.

Sure, our evenings will get dimmer a little quicker. But on the bright side (heh), our mornings will be a little sunnier than they have been over the past few weeks. Best of all, we get to sleep in an hour later than usual.

The idea of Daylight Saving (sorry, not Daylight Savings) dates back to at least Benjamin Franklin but it didn't become a federal law until World War I. The federal government tinkered with the dates we spring forward and fall back in 2007 to save energy—and a study showed that it worked.

The switch back to Standard Time is also the fire department's cue to remind us to prepare ourselves for an emergency. As you change your clocks, don't forget to change out the batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detector devices and then give them a test. (Otherwise, consider this a cautionary tale.)

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent along a few other tips to prepare for a fire: make sure your smoke detectors aren't dusty or lint-covered, make sure there's a detector in every room and hallway, keep a working flashlight handy and make sure you have two escape routes from your home. For more tips, visit the department's website.

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