Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8th, when it will be time to set clocks ahead by one hour. Many people find that the simplest solution is to change their clocks before retiring on Saturday night.

Just like last year, we “spring forward” three weeks earlier than we used to, due to a provision in the Energy Policy Act passed by Congress in 2005.

The hitch is that any computers or other electronic devices still in service which were originally programmed to change time automatically in sync with the old schedule will need a “patch.” It may be sufficient for now to change the date manually, but if that is done, the device may “spring forward” again in three weeks. Also, it will have to be set manually again on November 1st when we return to standard time. So watch out, your alarm clock may be readying itself to play tricks on you.

As always, for those with battery-operated smoke detectors in the home, the reminder to change clocks twice a year can provide an easy way to remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors as well. Also, the National Fire Protection Association suggests that smoke detectors that are older than ten years be replaced.