It’s time to fall back!
On the first Sunday in November, Daylight Saving Time ends and the clocks "fall back" one hour. This happens at 2 a.m., so you should turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday evening.
Here are some things to do around the house when falling back:
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Hardwired detectors have batteries that need to be replaced. Keep your family safe.
- Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check the batteries in your thermostat. This is the last thing you want to fail you on a cold night…..trust me I know!
- Check the batteries in your flashlights, and make sure they are stored in a convenient place. You want to be able to find them if the lights go out.
- Change the filters in your furnace, this helps in efficiency as well as filtering out dust.
- Have a professional come in and inspect your heating and cooling system. Preventative maintenance can go a long way.
- Change to energy efficient bulbs. If you haven’t done this already, it’s time. They cost a little more money, but they last much longer and use less energy!
- Check your fire extinguisher – make sure it ready should you need to use it
- Clean your fireplace and inspect your chimney. Make sure it is ready and safe for the season.
- Chances of a snow/ice storm like we had in January happening again is pretty slim, but I think we can all agree that buying sand or salt when you don’t need it is a good idea. Better to have it and not need it, than run all over town chasing something elusive.
- Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!