The leaves are changing and the air is turning colder. Fall is here and Daylight Savings Time is almost upon us again. On Sunday, November 1st we will “fall back” and turn the clocks back one hour. Daylight Savings, originally established to help conserve daylight productivity, is also a good reminder to service time-sensitive equipment. Outside lights, timeclocks and emergency equipment should all be serviced and/or adjusted to accommodate the time change. Daylight Savings Time is also a great time to make sure smoke detectors and alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other critical equipment are functioning properly. Waiting to adjust time sensitive equipment is not only inconvenient it may be dangerous. More injuries occur on the Monday after the Daylight Saving Time change than any other day, according to injury data from the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration. Workers normal sleep patterns are altered, outside lights are not coming on during periods of darkness and critical equipment (even lifesaving) may not function as designed. It is critical to ensure your equipment is ready for the upcoming time change. Gettle’s service department can conduct system evaluations and provide the support to ensure you are ready to “fall back” on November 5. Contact us today to schedule your system check-up. Did You Know? Benjamin Franklin was among the first to suggest the idea of Daylight Saving Time. In a 1784 essay he wrote that “adjusting the clocks in the spring could be a good way to save on candles.” It wasn’t until 1895 that New Zealand entomologist George Hudson proposed a Daylight Savings shift. The first official and established use of this idea occurred during World War I thanks to Germany and its allies that implemented changing the clock in order to conserve coal. Daylight Savings Time was largely abandoned in the years following the war. However, it was brought back for periods of time in many parts of the world and became widely adopted in North America and Europe starting in the 1970’s as a result of the 1970’s energy crisis.