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Let there be light, an hour longer into the evening sky

Don't forget to turn forward your clocks one hour Sunday morning. | Associated Press

Time to set your clocks and watches one hour ahead.

And maybe save some time to grouse about losing an hour’s sleep Saturday night.

The shift from standard to daylight saving time officially comes at 2 a.m. Sunday across much of the country. Daylight will last longer into the evening but take an hour longer to emerge in the morning.

No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. Florida could eventually join that list if GOP Gov. Rick Scott signs the “Sunshine Protection Act” passed this week and Congress goes along.

It’s a good time to consider installing fresh batteries in smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there are 360,000 fires in homes each year resulting in roughly 2,200 deaths and 11,000 ER-related injuries.

Just 42 percent of U.S. households report having an alarm that detects carbon monoxide alarm, a colorless, odorless gas that can kill within minutes.

Standard time returns Nov. 4.