It’s time to spring forward on Sunday (well, Saturday night before bed for all of us who aren’t up in the middle of the night). Are you ready? Daylight Saving Time is a great opportunity to catch up on maintenance around your home. Since it happens regularly each year, you can schedule certain tasks to coincide so that you never forget to take care of them. Here’s a checklist to get you started.
Change the clocks
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget. Before you go to bed on Saturday, move your clocks forward one hour. This way, you’ll eliminate confusion in the morning. Fortunately, many devices such as smartphones will automatically adjust to the new time, saving you the trouble.
One task that you should always perform during Daylight Saving Time is to change the batteries on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Experts recommend changing the batteries in these devices twice a year, so having it coincide with changing the clocks makes it easy to remember. This is true even if you use batteries that are rated for much longer use.
Change light bulbs
Since you’ll likely have a ladder out to reach detectors and change clocks, you may as well change the light bulbs while you’re at it. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out. Now is also a great time to switch to energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
Check the fire extinguisher
Experts recommend performing monthly checks on your home fire extinguisher, so Daylight Saving Time is an easy chance to get this task done. Make sure your fire extinguisher is easy to access and inspect the seals. Check the pressure gauge and look for any visible signs of damage.
Check the first aid kit
Summer is just around the corner. And with more time spent outside, it’s easier to find yourself dealing with scrapes, bruises and bug bites. Inspect your first aid kit to make sure you have all the necessary supplies.
Review your homeowners insurance
It’s easy to set yourself on autopilot when it comes to your homeowners insurance. But it’s important to regularly review your policy to make sure you’re adequately covered. Has your deductible changed? What about your premium? Compare these figures to your documents from last year. If they’ve gone up more than five percent, give your agent a call to discuss why.
Flipping or turning your mattress can extend its life. It can also give you a better night’s sleep. Sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for a couple of hours to deodorize it. Daylight Saving Time is the perfect time to take care of this mundane task. Especially since you’ll likely be operating on one less hour of sleep.
Review your emergency plan
It certainly isn’t everyone’s favorite task, but you should definitely review your family’s emergency plan. Nobody thinks an emergency will happen – until it does. Have a family meeting and decide what to do and where you’ll meet in the event of an emergency. Review information for emergency contacts and update as needed. Make sure important numbers are listed near the phone.
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