Spring Forward – Time Change | Sunday, March 12, 2023
It is time to once again to Spring Forward and change your clocks by moving the time forward one hour!
On Sunday, March 12, 2023, you will need to change your clocks by one hour if you live in the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee area!
There has been some confusion on whether we are still changing our time twice a year here in California, but we are, despite the US Sentate passing a law that Daylight Savings time would become permant in November 2023. Since the House of Representatives never passed this law, it is most likely not going into effect this Fall, stay tuned!
It’s been a long winter, a lot of snow, and I am ready for more sunshine and a move towards warmer, longer days!
Changing our time with that Spring forward action will give us longer days and it is something I look forward to each year!
On Sunday, March 12, 2023 (the change happens on the second Sunday in March), we will all need to move our clocks forward one hour (yes, an extra hour of daylight at the end of our days, and one less hour of sleep) as we start daylight savings time here in the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee, California area.
How big of an impact does this make on our days here in Tahoe? Consider this, before we make the time change, on Saturday, March 11, 2022, sunset will be at 6:04 p.m. Once we spring forward on Sunday, March 12, 2023, sunset will be an hour later at 7:05 p.m.
Remember before you go to bed on Saturday night, you’ll need to set any manual clocks ahead one hour!
Since we have the twice a year time – clock change, here is my list of things additional tasks to do before the Spring Forward day:
- Change clocks in our home, office, kitchen (microwave and oven), and cars (move forward one hour). Yes, we still have some manual clocks that do not reset on their own. : )
- Check smoke alarms It doesn’t hurt to make sure they are all working and replace those that don’t respond. Since most have multiple-year batteries in them, replace those that are older. You should have one alarm in each sleeping area, and one in each common area on each floor.
- Check all carbon monoxide alarms/detectors Again, just a quick check to make sure they are still working. You should have at least one carbon monoxide alarm/detector on each floor, best if you can have on in each sleeping area. If you find yourself falling asleep in a common area, put one in that room too!
- Fire extinguishers If you don’t have fire extinguishers in your car, in the kitchen, garage, and other places that could benefit from a fire extinguisher, now is the time to get them. It is also time to check to make sure the ones you have haven’t been moved and/or damaged. Over the years I have found that this is also a good time to buy and add another one and put it in a room that doesn’t already have one. Buying an additional extinguiser twice a year can help make it easier on your budget.
- Any security device or item that uses a battery and is wireless (security cameras, video doorbells, exterior/interior lights) that need to be changed every 6 months to a year.
- All Flashlights (working, extra batteries), candles, matches, lighters, short-term lighting devices. Time to make sure all are in good working order.
- Back-up charger device for cell phones/laptops There are a number of extra power devices that can hold a charge for up to a year, but now it a good to check and re-charge them as needed. Technology continues to improve in this area, so check into getting a solar charging option for those devices.
- Canned goods/emergency food supplies You never know when you might not be able to go to the store, so if you haven’t checked your emergency food and daily living supplies (emergency food for each member in the house, your pets, bottled water, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, etc.), now is the time to check those supplies, rotate old out – new in, and get other supplies on hand.
- Make sure you have the following:
- Get a battery-operated radio – Check to make sure the one you have is working.
- Get a small TV that can be powered by connecting to just a USB port device that works on an antenna (free tv – news and information in an emergency, or power outage)
- Get the TV antenna device that will work with a digital TV that can get us the free national channels. You never know when the cable could go down and you’ll need local news and information.
- Create a fire evacuation emergency plan. Have you designated a location outside of the Tahoe Basin – Truckee area that everyone will/can meet at, or someone to call outside of the area to let them know you are alright and where you are at? This is critical so you can find out if others in your household are also okay.. Having a plan in place before an emergency is critical if you spend any time in our area.
- Figure out your “grab bags” – items to take with you if you had to leave the area with just a few minutes of notice. I have put together a list of items throughout our home to take. Knowing what the item is, and what room it is currently located in can save you a lot of time and give you your best opportunity to get those items in a “must leave” situation.
- Having your bags partially loaded, along with the “grab and go list” in it, makes you more prepared for that emergency event. Now is the time to do these critical tasks for that “just in case” emergency moment.
For those not as familiar with the Lake Tahoe – Tahoe City – Truckee areas some of our important utility lines (electric, cable, phone) are located above ground. Several times a year the power will go out for all different types of reasons, so being prepared for a “no power situation” is a must.
We are also located in a high-fire zone. The reminder to be prepared for a disaster (wildfire) and having everyone in your house-hold familiar with what to do if the worst-case situation should happen is very important, so make your emergency plans now if you haven’t, and if you have those plans, now is the time to review them.
Take advantage of this timely reminder to not only change your clocks, but to do some routine safety checks, along with being proactive on your emergency home preparation plans for that just in case moment!
Upcoming future dates to keep in mind (number of days are from March 12, 2023):
- Next time Change: Sunday, November 5, 2023, | 238 days (Fall Back and Gain One Hour)
- Longest Day of the Year: Wednesday, June 21, 2023, – Summer Solstice | 101 days
- 4th of July – Monday | 114 days
- Shortest Day of the Year 2021 – Thursday, December 21, 2023, | 284 days – Winter Solstice
If you haven’t made your plans to be here in the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee area, now is the time to look at your calendar and figure out your trips for the rest of the year!
If you live in the greater North Lake Tahoe – Tahoe City area, it’s time to move your clocks forward Sunday, March 12, 2023!
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Spring Forward – Time Change | Sunday, March 12, 2023