Although it might not feel like it, spring is now here. Whether you choose to follow the meteorological or astronomical seasonal changes, this is the point in March where the two definitions agree. While we’re not ready to pack away our winter coats just yet, we do need to acknowledge the clocks springing forward an hour this weekend.
For just over 100 years, we’ve been moving our clocks forward an hour at 1am on the last Sunday of March, and back an hour at 2am on the last Sunday of October. Most countries around the world observe similar changes to make the most of daylight hours as Earth orbits the sun.
The history of daylight saving time dates back to 1784, when Benjamin Franklin proposed the idea, though it wasn’t until 1907 when keen horse-rider, William Willett, first seriously suggested the idea in Britain. Sadly for Willet, he wasn’t to see the introduction of daylight saving time in the UK as it was introduced in 1916, the year after his death.
The reason for adopting daylight saving time in the UK was to prevent our country from being disadvantaged during the second half of the First World War. After Germany adopted daylight saving time, the UK also implemented the change in a matter of weeks.
Although there have been some changes since its introduction in 1916, including British Double Summer Time during the Second World War and a brief trial of moving the clocks forward an hour in spring, but not back in autumn from 1968 to 1971, British Summer Time remains firmly in place, despite being controversial since the day it was first proposed.
There’s often a lot of negativity around this weekend every year in the UK as people moan about losing an hour’s sleep. While that’s true, we like to focus on the positives this weekend brings and embrace the fact that lighter days are on their way.
As we change our clocks, we also like to carry out a few other checks around the home, office and car, such as:
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This is a great time to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and while you’re there, check the types of batteries they take and make sure you have replacements on hand.
If you need to replace the batteries, it’s worth considering they may not be completely dead, so have a look to see if they can be used in other devices before you recycle them.
First Aid Kits
At home, at work and in your car, you should always have a first aid kit on hand. It’s easy to forget how many plasters you’ve used or bandages you’ve given to family members, friends and colleagues, so taking time to do a quick audit of what you need to replace now will help you out in the long run.
While we recommend you check your tyres before every journey, we know many people don’t. However long it’s been since you last checked the pressure and tread of your tyres, add it to your check list for this Sunday. You don’t want your tyres to let you down when you most need them.
If you make any other checks at this time of year, let us know. We’d love to hear what you do to keep your family, friends and colleagues safe and healthy.
We wish you all a very happy springtime, and hope you join us in celebrating the lighter, brighter days of spring and summer ahead of us.
If you’d like to know more about Hundred Acre or the services we offer, please call us on +44 (0)1933 201103 or write to us via our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our safe place.
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