Daylight Savings Time is nearly at an end, and soon, everyone affected will be rolling their clocks back by one hour on Sunday. This leaves us with an extra hour on Nov. 3, but don’t worry, there are plenty of things to take care of during that bonus hour.
It is recommended to check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and replace any smoke alarms older than ten years or carbon monoxide alarms older than five years. Take time to prepare a disaster supply kit for your house that includes water, food, flashlights, batteries and blankets, and once you’ve created that kit, use the semi-annual time change to check its contents.
With the cold of winter on its way, make a winter car emergency kit that includes blankets, road flares, plenty of water and food, a fire extinguisher, cell phone or an extra battery, tire gauge, jack and lug wrench, spare fuses, jumper cables or a portable battery booster, flashlights, gloves, and at least $20 in spare bills and change.
Check your home and outbuilding storage areas for hazardous materials. Properly discard any which are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition. Move any which are within reach of kids or pets.
Finally, take the time to check and discard expired medications, as some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging.