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It's time to set those clocks back!

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - This weekend, you'll need to set your clocks back as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Many of you may wonder where this time change started and why we still do it!

Most people get the general idea of Daylight Saving Time, and think it's pretty simple.

"It has to do with the hours of daylight," explained area resident Tom Atkinson, "In Daylight Saving Time, we have more daylight."

But why it's done, seems to be a harder question.

"I thought it was for the farmers, so they would have more daylight in the spring and the fall for their crops," said Beverly Frirth.

While one of the most popular answers, Coastal Carolina University History Professor Dr. Wink Prince says that's actually the wrong one.

"Farmers hated the idea when it was introduced," said Prince. "By the clock it's one o'clock, but by the sun it's high noon. And so you're actually going back to work in the hottest part of the day."

And everyone has Benjamin Franklin to thank for it, since he first came up with the idea to reduce the cost of light.

"He thought if we got up with the Sun, ‘Think of all the candles we would save!'" exclaimed Prince.

It was then later turned on and off to save money during World War I and World War II.

"Daylight Saving Time is called War Time. And we went on that," said Prince.

Which years and years later, eventually got confusing. Different towns in different parts of the United States were operating on their own time.

"When you go from one place that has daylight time, to a place that doesn't, it really messes up your time sense," said Prince.

It wasn't until the Uniform Time Act of 1966, that a law was passed to make it official across the U.S. But it wasn't a requirement, and not every state changes the clock. In the Grand Strand, it certainly has its benefits during the summer.

Prince says more daytime usually means tourists spend more money.

"Playing more rounds of golf," said Prince. "Or going to shop, or other kinds of recreation or other kinds of activities."

For people across the area, they say they like a little more time in the sun.

"You need to spring forward and fall back," said Frirth. "It's just something you have to do. And keep doing it."

For emergency officials, Daylight Saving Time is also a good time to start thinking about safety in the home. Smoke detectors, and now Carbon Monoxide detectors, are the big the focus, since the newly-adopted South Carolina fire code requires them in homes.

Both detectors are really essential in your home. Carbon Monoxide a poisonous gas called the "Silent Killer," because many people can't tell when they are being affected by it. With smoke alarms, we're getting into the time of year when we see more house fires, which injure and kill thousands of people every year. Most home fires happen when families are the most vulnerable, between 11 p.m. and 7a.m. when people are sleeping. Fire officials say having working detectors can be the difference that saves a life.

Horry County Fire Rescue says residents should change out their alarm batteries every six months. If a person has recently replaced batteries, then fire officials say it's good practice to at least test out the alarms.

The official time to for clocks to be set back one hour is Sunday at 2 a.m.

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