It’s time to SPRING FORWARD Friends! Daylight saving time 2014 will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, when most states will spring forward an hour. While resetting the clocks is important to keep you from being late, there are a few more things that should be done to save you some time and money and maybe even save a life!
Change the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors batteries. If you have one that doesn’t use batteries, you should still check it to make sure it is functioning.
Clean out the medicine cabinet. Expired or medicines you don’t need anymore should be properly disposed of. See how to properly dispose of medicines here. On top of that, makeup, suncreen and lotions all have expiration dates that remind you of the effectiveness of it. If they’re out of date, they should be tossed.
Restock your first aid kit or put one together if you don’t have one. While you’re at it, make an extra one for the car. Here’s what the Red Cross says you should have in it.
Make sure all of the lights and signals on your vehicle are in good working condition. Really, when is the last time you did this?
Change those filters. Refrigerator water filters, water pitcher filters, vacuum filters, aquarium filters and the list goes on. How many things have filters that you haven’t checked in a while? Daylight savings time is a great time to remind yourself to change filters to keep your things in good working order.
Flip your mattress or rotate it. Doing this helps it last longer and wear evenly. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific mattress.
Drain your water heater. Draining a quart of water from your water heater helps remove sediment and makes it more efficient. See energy.gov ‘s tips for doing this.
Review or create a family emergency plan. It’s important to know what to expect if the unexpected happens. You’ll feel better know you and your family are prepared. Here’s a great free printable to get you started.
Begin putting the kids to bed about 10 minutes earlier every day the WEEK BEFORE daylight savings time begins. This helps the transition immensely!
Did you complete the list? Was there something you never thought of? Tell us in the comments! We love to hear from you!!