Spring ahead: 2012 Daylight Saving Time means time to turn the clocks forward

TAMPA, Fal. - The warm weather across the Tampa Bay area is a sure reminder that the Spring is right around the corner.  Along with nice weather, it's also time for longer days.  

Daylight Saving Time is quickly coming for 2012.

Since 2007, Daylight Saving Time, or DST for short, begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

For 2012, that means it is time to 'spring ahead' this weekend.

This Saturday night, Tampa Bay area residents need to change their clocks.  March 11 is the second Sunday in March this year, so at 2:00 Sunday morning, you will turn your clocks ahead one hour, marking the return to Daylight Saving Time.

As the old expression goes, "spring ahead, fall back," meaning before bed on Saturday night, set your clock AHEAD one hour.  You'll also be 'losing' one hour of time (the same hour you "gained" last Fall).  

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Energizer battery company are also urging you to adopt the life-saving habit of changing the battery in your smoke detector when you change your clock.  This simple and easy action will double a family's chance of surviving a home fire.

You will 'fall back,' or turn your clocks back one hour this year on November 4.

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