On Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2:00 a.m., we will once again set our clocks back one hour to adjust for Daylight Savings Time.  We’ve all seen the suggestion that we check and change the batteries on our smoke detectors on the days we adjust the clocks which is a very good idea, but there are several other things you can add to the list to keep things organized and safe:

  • Flashlight batteries should be checked as well, as power outages can occur at any time.
  • Review your fire escape plan with your family. If you need help in preparing a plan, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website for help in creating one at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Escape-planning
  • Check any fire extinguishers you have in the home and recharge or replace as needed.
  • Update your emergency services phone list (furnace/air conditioning company, plumber, veterinarian, doctors, dentist, etc.) and post it where everyone can access it. Mine is taped to the inside of the kitchen cabinet door closest to the phone.
  • Walk the perimeter of your home and make a list to fix loose eaves, blocked gutters, gaps in your window frames or foundation before the snow flies.
  • Clean up and organize your garage for winter – nothing worse than trying to dig out the snow blower or snow shovel from underneath a pile.
  • It is not a bad idea to go room to room inside your home and compile a list of things that need to be repaired, fixed or donated.
  • Review your insurance policies to make any additions or subtractions from your policy or policies.
  • As for your vehicles, now is the time to replace your windshield wipers and dig out snowbrushes, shovels, review your safety kit, etc. as you do not want to be hunting for these items on a dark snowy morning!

Once you make your own Time Change List, save it so you can reuse it each time the clocks change.  A few hours of time now can save you headaches, time and money in the future!  As always be safe out there. 

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