This Sunday November 5th marks the end of daylight savings time, when we set the clock back an hour in anticipation of winter.
The point is often lost on many of us (especially in the spring when we lose an hour of sleep!), but traditionally daylight saving time is supposed to save energy and enable us to take advantage of the daylight hours.
A more practical reason to acknowledge daylight saving time is it also provides the perfect opportunity for recurring safety checks. Check out our list below:
#1 – Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
There are increased carbon monoxide poisoning risks with the use of fireplaces, gas-fired furnaces, and space heaters. You should replace the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace any smoke detector that is older than 10 years; and carbon monoxide detectors that are older than 5. Be sure to also check and recharge your fire extinguishers!
- Your home should have smoke alarms on every level, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.
- For the best protection, interconnect the alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- In the event of a fire, a working smoke alarm and a well-practiced fire escape plan can mean the difference between life and death.
#2 – Change All Batteries in Your Home
We recommend that you also take this time to change ALL of the batteries in your home. Some of these items will include thermostats, outdoor lighting, clocks, phone accessories, flashlights, water conditioners and portable electronics.
Check out these tips from Duracell on the proper way to discard used batteries!
#3 – Throw Away Expired Medications
Expiration dates DO matter when it comes to medications, prescribed and over-the-counter. Serious problems can be caused from taking very common expired over-the-counter medication.
Check out your municipality’s website for recommendations on what to do with unused or expired medications.
#4 – Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Home
This is a great time to create or restock your home winter preparedness kit. It should include flashlights, batteries, matches, a manual can opener, first-aid kit, unexpired medications, battery-powered ratio, extra pillows and blankets, and a list of emergency contact numbers. Click here for more of Woodard’s Winter Weather Preparation Tips!
#5 – Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car
You not only want to prepare for an emergency in your home, you also want to be sure that you are prepared in the case of an emergency while in your car. For a proper car winter preparedness kit, we recommend it include: flares, flashlight, batteries, warm clothes, blanket, water, non-perishable snacks, shovel, reflective hazard triangle, jumper cables, sand for traction, winter hat and gloves.
#6 – Check Outside for Hazardous Material
One possible overlooked safety check is the outside of your home and storage areas. These should be checked for hazardous materials. Materials that are outdated, unused or in poor condition should be properly discarded. Any others should be moved out of the reach of children and pets.
Do you have any safety tips for daylight savings? Let us know in the comments below!