That time of year again…

11 March, 2012

To Do's

That time of year again: day light savings time. As you turn back all of your clocks watch all of your clocks automatically jump-forward and resync to a server somewhere, take a moment and hit the SOTL quick-list of things-to-do, our quick list for your day light savings weekend. Don’t worry. It’s painless.

There’s lots for you to do in life, but this site is all about keeping-in-simple, so in sticking to that motto this is a list of things that you can knock out in about 20 or 30 minutes – tops.

  • 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. If you have to list an emergency contact with employers, school or alarm company’s make sure those contacts are 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.
  • If you have kids, have a practice fire drill. If you don’t have kids, do it anyway. It’s a good idea to make sure you know what to do. The National Fire Protection Association estimated there were nearly 400,000 home fires and almost 3,000 deaths in 2010. You can risk being a statistic, or spend 5 minutes crawling out a window now.
  • Check your medicine cabinet(s); discard any medication that’s expired.

There. You’re done. See? Easy.  Oh, sure, one could always do more, but hey, we’re busy people.


referenced: National Fire Protection Association  – Home to a lot of great information about fire safety.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Courtney Dirks

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