On Sunday, November 4 time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m.
Twice a year, when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends, make it a habit to not only change your clocks, but do a few other semi-annual tasks that will improve safety in your home...
- Check (and if need replace) the batteries in your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms. Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit for your house (water, food, flashlights, batteries, blankets). Once you've created this kit, use the semi-annual time change to check its contents (including testing/replacing flashlight batteries).
- Make a "winter car-emergency kit" and put it in your vehicle! (include mittens, toques, flares, flashlight, emergency blanket, non-perishable snacks, etc.) It's a good idea to carry a car-emergency kit year-round, but be sure to add cold-weather gear to your general car-emergency kit each fall. Like a Boy Scout - "Be Prepared!
- Check home & outbuilding storage areas for hazardous materials. Discard in an appropriate manner any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition. Move any which are within reach of kids or pets.
- Check & discard expired medications or other products in your medicine cabinet.