With the exception of people in Hawaii and most of Arizona, people across the U.S. will “spring ahead” this weekend as daylight saving time begins. At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will be adjusted forward one hour. While most phones and many newer digital clocks, appliances and electronics automatically adjust, don’t forget to change those that do not in your home, apartment or vehicles. In addition to changing your clocks, the beginning and end of daylight saving time are also good times to do safety checks around your home.
Replace batteries in all smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms
Use fresh batteries and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure these devices are working properly. Also replace any smoke alarm that is 10 or more years old and any carbon-monoxide alarm that is 5 or more years old with a new model.
Check storage areas for hazardous materials
Materials that are outdated, no longer being used or in poor condition, including paint, should be properly disposed of. Materials that are kept should be out of reach of children and pets.
Program thermostats for savings
You can save up to 20 percent on their heating (and cooling) costs by lowering (and raising) their thermostats by 5° F at night and 10° F during the day if no one is home. In addition, more money can be saved by replacing incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Motion or light sensors on outdoor lighting can also be installed so that fixtures are in use only when needed.
Update your disaster plan
People should have plans in place and necessary supplies on hand for properly responding to a natural disaster or other cataclysmic event.