Sunset off Santa Barbara
Sunsets will be an hour earlier starting Sunday, when daylight saving time ends. All Santa Barbara parks, including this one, Shoreline Park, now close a half-hour after sunset. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

It’s almost time for Californians to “fall back.”

The annual ritual of daylight saving time will officially end at 2 a.m. Sunday, so Santa Barbara County residents should manually reset clocks back an hour from the displayed time before going to bed Saturday night, or the next morning. 

It means an extra hour of sleep that day, but darker afternoons and evenings for the autumn and winter months. 

Most smart-home technology devices and appliances will adjust the time automatically, but it’s up to residents to switch wristwatches and some clocks on the microwave, coffeemaker, oven and car dashboard.

The shift in daylight to the morning hours means many commuters will be driving home in the dark after work.

Fire agencies urge residents to adopt a lifesaving habit when resetting clocks: replacing the batteries in home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Almost three of every five home fire deaths occur in houses without smoke alarms or working smoke detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The next clock change to “spring forward” is Sunday, March 8, 2020, when daylight saving time will begin across most of the nation. It will move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Although California voters passed a ballot measure to have year-round daylight saving time (the current time change, with later daylight hours), legislative efforts to make it happen have reportedly stalled.  

The change would require the state legislature to pass a bill and to get a majority vote in Congress to approve the move. 

Noozhawk staff writer Brooke Holland can be reached at bholland@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Noozhawk staff writer Brooke Holland can be reached at bholland@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.