WASHINGTON, March 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, MARCH 13: DAYLIGHT SAVING
Profile America -- Sunday, March 13th. Daylight saving time started this morning at 2 a.m., when clocks should have been moved forward an hour. This is the fourth year the change occurs earlier than in the past, as an energy saving effort. Daylight saving will end on the first Sunday in November. The idea of a seasonal time change is credited to Benjamin Franklin and was first adopted in Europe. Today, the change affects the entire U.S., with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona. This is also a good time to check the batteries in various devices, especially home smoke detectors. Each year, more than 3,300 people die in house fires around the U.S. -- many in homes where smoke alarms were not working. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 171
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 354
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau