Sunday, November 6th is the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2011, in which most of the country sets their clocks back by an hour.
A common chore that is recommended for the occasion is to check the batteries of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house. Why not take it a step further and do a little maintenance on your emergency supplies:
- Check the batteries in your flashlights, touch lamps and other emergency lighting and replace if the battery is looking weak. It is not worth it to wait until the battery is completely dead, as it will leak and ruin your equipment.
- While your at it, check your watches, clocks, radios and anything else that needs batteries. If you have solar back ups, check them too and set them out, as they won’t work while you’re keeping them in a dark closet.
- Examine your canned food and other stored foods and check their expiration dates. Use up the ones that are getting close to expiration and replace them this weekend.
- Back up any new photos and documents you may have generated since the last time you backed up your computer. Add documents to your memory stick if you haven’t already.
- Pepper spray has a shelf life of about 3 years or so. If you carry pepper spray, plan to replace them before they become inactive. You definitely want them to work properly when you need them the most.
- Go through your First Aid kit and replace any expired medicines.
- Check your “go bag” and make sure the clothes are appropriate for the current season. Replace any kids’ clothing that have been outgrown.
Even if your state does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, you will hear about it anyway, so just make it a point to do a supply and gear check this weekend.