On Sunday, March 10th we will need to set our clocks ahead to “Spring Forward” by an hours’ time. For some it is the dismay of losing an hour of sleep on the weekend. But then as you become aware your night light hours begin to be more and you are able to get out and do more activities.
On the insurance side of Spring Forward, The Weimer Group would like to remind you of some things to do and check within your home:
- Health and safety agencies often use this day to remind everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms. The American Red Cross suggests that you test your smoke alarms and talk with your family about your fire escape plan.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die annually in the US from carbon monoxide poisoning. The CDC also recommends that you change your batteries to your CO detectors as well.
- Prepare an up-to-date disaster and first aid kit. Make sure any expired dates from water, to aspirin and medications, to canned food is current, batteries are tested and replaced.
- Check your home and outbuilding storage areas for hazardous materials. Discard properly (if unsure check with your local government offices for them to advise on disposal) any which are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition. Move any which are within the reach of children or pets.
- Check and discard expired medications –those dates really do have meaning – some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging.
- Check and clean out your air vents and any air filters.
- Air and turn your mattresses.
- Clean drapes and curtains; replace the heavier ones with lighter ones for the season.
- Clean out your basement, garage, attics and closets. Make piles to throw away, donate, or sell.
- Clean and wash your rugs, baseboards, and windows.