Falling Backwards-It's Easy When You Are Prepared!
October 29, 2013
Autumn’s Here: Its time to Fall Back!
On November 3rd, we come to the end of Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States. With an extra hour in our day and winter on the way, it’s a good time for a seasonal home preparedness checklist!
Change the Clocks-Change the Batteries
While you are changing your clocks back an hour, double check your batteries in the safety devices around your home. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives ... if they’re powered on by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year.
Replace Light Bulbs
Winter brings darkness earlier requiring us to turn on a few more lights when we get home. Replace old bulbs with energy efficient ones and double check your fixtures for safety issues. Consider replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LCD bulbs. The U.S. Environmental Protection estimates that replacing standard bulbs with energy efficient ones saves over $30 in electricity costs over their lifetime.
Turn Up the Heat
Have your home furnace serviced and checked for safety before it becomes necessary to turn it on.
Make Way for Rain
Clean your gutters from all the fall leaves and debris and create a clear path for the rain to drain off of your roof.
Store up for winter
Harvest any remaining vegetables from your summer garden and preserve the bounty for the cold winter months.
Cover the Pool
Properly closing your pool for the winter saves a lot of time and money when you reopen it in the spring. Close the pool as soon as the weather turns cool to ensure it’s well protected from possible freeze damage.
Prepare for cold and flu season.
Cold weather is here and so are colds and the flu. Check the medicine cabinet, and assess stocks of over-the-counter medications. Do you have sufficient non-aspirin fever reducers, cough syrup, and decongestants needed to fight colds or flu?