U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 11
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, MARCH 11: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
Profile America — Sunday, March 11th. Daylight saving time started this morning at 2 a.m., when clocks should have been moved forward an hour. This is the fifth 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 3,000 people die in house fires around the U.S. — many in homes where smoke alarms were not working. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America–People, Places, and Our Economy.
Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, p. 166
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 357
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