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March 10, 2021

It’s that time of year again — we spring forward! Spring your clocks forward one hour on March 14th so we can spring into warmer weather and longer days! Sad news is, we lose an hour of sleep but we are closer to warmer weather! As we prepare for Spring, there are somethings you should do!

 

Your Safety Checklist for Spring Daylight Saving Time


Man checking home smoke detector

Here’s a helpful annual checklist that will help you prepare your home for the spring and summer months.

checkbox for annual fall daylight savings safety checklist Change + Check on Batteries

This is the perfect time to check on your batteries in your NOAA weather radio, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke alarms. Don’t forget to check your flashlights and remotes too! It is recommended that you change your batteries every year, regardless if there is life left in them or not.

checkbox for annual fall daylight savings safety checklist Restock Your Emergency Kit (and Your Pets)

With weather changing every day, it’s important to always keep your emergency kit stocked. Food and medication may have expired, so you’ll want to check the dates and re-stock. You’ll be glad you did if you ever find yourself in an emergency. Don't forget your furry four-legged friends--make an emergency kit for your pets today.

checkbox for annual fall daylight savings safety checklist Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

When we “spring forward,” make sure your fan is spinning counterclockwise. When we “fall back,” change your fan direction to winter mode and have it spinning clockwise.

Clean Your Oven and Stove

Over time, food falls into your oven and gets into your stove top. To ensure your safety clean your oven and stove top.

Check Your Lightbulbs

Don’t forget to check your lightbulbs inside and outside of your home. Use high-efficient fluorescent bulbs and stock replacement bulbs.

Check Your Furnace + Hot Water Heater

It’s recommended that you have a professional check your water heater and furnace to ensure that it is working properly all year long. The last thing you want is for your furnace or water heater to go out!

Check Your Pantry + Fridge

This is the perfect time to go through your pantry and fridge and check for expired food! Once you clean them out, you can restock.

Check Your Car

Even if you don't have any road trips planned, it's a good idea to check your car's:
    • Lights

    • Windshield wiper blades

    • Fluids

    • Oil level and quality

    • Tire pressure and treads

    • Emergency kit


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