British Summertime

March, 2019

"Spring Forward"... In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour on the 31st March 2019.

This can act as a good reminder to check some important things around the home.

The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). This means that there’s more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time). 

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world), from March to October, is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Daylight Saving Time was first introduced more than a century ago as part of the Summer Time Act 1916. The Summer Time Act came into effect following a campaign by builder William Willett, who proposed that the clocks go forward in spring and go back in winter so that people could save energy and spend more time outdoors during the day.

It can also act as a good reminder to check a couple of other things around the home:

Check Your Smoke Alarms & CO Detector Alarms

Press the button and test these alarms. It takes two seconds and could save a life. Look for an expiry date, if it doesn't have one or it's out of date then replace it immediately. 

Check Your Mains Water Stop Cock

It's always handy to know where and how to shut your water off at the mains in case of a water leak. But these taps can stick due to lack of use as they don't get used that often. Turning the tap off and on again when you change your clocks should ensure that if you need to turn your mains water off when it matters you can.