Remember, as you go to turn back your clocks tonight, that this is a PERFECT time to do a few other things. Here’s a quick list for your day light savings weekend.
But let’s not waste all night, we’re all busy people after all. So let’s limit it to a list of things we can knock out in about 20 or 30 minutes, give or take.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors (bonus: run the self-test on each one as well)
- Go through your emergency kit/disaster supplies: Flag anything that will expiring in the next six months for replacement.
- Everyone should have a list of emergency phone numbers, account numbers, etc available should you have to leave suddenly (fire, evacuation, etc). You do, don’t you? Check those numbers, make sure everything is up-to-date.
- Check the flashlights in your house and car. How old are the batteries? Is the light still strong and steady? If not, make a note to change the batteries this week.
- Especially if you have kids, have a practice fire drill. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s not a bad idea. The National Fire Protection Association estimated there were nearly 400,000 home fires and almost 3,000 deaths in 2010.
- Make an appointment to go to the dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning. (Not strictly disaster-readiness-centric, but still a good idea)
Oh yeah, and set your clocks back. 😉
referenced: National Fire Protection Association – Home to a lot of great information about fire safety.