NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As if you weren’t already sleep deprived, you’ll get an hour less shuteye Saturday night no matter what time you turn out the lights.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports

At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time, that harbinger of spring, arrives with the promise of longer, light-filled days well into the evening.

Turn that clock ahead — remember, spring forward — before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid the panic of rising later than you think.

Despite being mentioned by Ben Franklin in the 1700s, daylight saving time did not begin until World War I. The country adopted the system to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.

During the energy crisis in 1974, daylight saving time began in mid-winter rather than early spring.

Not every place makes the switch, though. Hawaii, Arizona outside the Navajo Indian territories, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas stay on standard time, which returns for the rest of us Nov. 4, two days before election time.

Daylight saving also serves as a reminder to check and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

In New York City on Saturday and Sunday, the FDNY is distributing batteries at 20 different locations. See below for the full list:


Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza Concourse Level, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Union Square Train Station, 14th Street and Broadway, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

34-00 48th Street,12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Kings Plaza Shopping Mall Centre Court, 5100 Kings Plaza, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Staten Island:

Staten Island Mall, JC Penny Wing, 2655 Richmond Ave, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Fordham Plaza Metro North, 430 East Fordham Road, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday March 11


13th Avenue and 49th Street, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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