Day Light Savings Time!

5 November, 2011

To Do's
Creative Commons License photo credit: Courtney Dirks

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.

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One Response to Day Light Savings Time!

  1. 6 November, 2011 at 6:12 am

    These aren’t technically survival, safety or preparedness but I also like to:
    – Check medicine cabinet and throw out expired stuff (note to replace)
    – Check sinks, storage/garage & utility for expired stuff (note to replace)
    – Check my car kit (spare tire, flat fixer, extra oil & coolant).
    – Check home air filters (if its your responsibility at residence).
    – Service & maintain tools (oiling, cleaning, sharpening).

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