In San Francisco we’re having a hard time believing that spring arrives soon! It seems like we haven’t seen the sun in months and rainfall records are broken almost every day. But the calendar doesn’t lie. And along with spring comes Daylight Saving Time. The only U.S. states that don’t change their clocks twice a year are Hawaii and Arizona. Here are a few timely tips (pun intended) to help get your spring off to a good start.
Clocks “spring forward” one hour Sunday at 2 AM.
- Change the clocks before you go to bed Saturday night.
- Don’t forget your watches…including the ones you keep in the dresser drawer.
- Remember to change the clock on your car dashboard.
While you’re at it, change the smoke alarm batteries.
- Replace the batteries in hard wired smoke alarms, too. The batteries in hard wired alarms provide backup in case of a power outage caused by things like fire or natural disasters.
- Check the year your smoke alarm was manufactured. It should be shown on the unit.
If it’s close to ten years old, it’s time to replace it.
- Make sure you have the right kind of replacement batteries for your smoke alarms. And before you get on that ladder, be sure someone else is at home in case of a mishap.
- After you replace the batteries use the test buttons to make sure the alarms are working.
- Consider helping friends and relatives change clocks and smoke alarms batteries, especially senior citizens.
- To learn more about home fire safety devices, click here.
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