In most places in the United States, March 13th is Daylight Savings, when clocks are moved forward one hour. Not only do we all gain one hour of extra light in the evening as spring and summer approach (and lose one hour of sleep on Sunday), but it’s also a great time to remember to improve your family’s safety by checking up on or implementing a couple of your family’s household safety procedures.
Health and safety agencies often use the approach of Daylight Saving Time to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms. The American Red Cross suggests you test your smoke alarms and talk with your family about your fire escape plan. They also suggest that you practice your fire escape plan – at least twice a year.
Daylight Saving is a great time to check your emergency preparedness kit to make sure it’s fully stocked with fresh supplies.
Carbon Monoxide dangers are also a concern for pretty much all homeowners. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die annually in the US from carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. The CDC recommends changing the batteries in your CO detectors when moving your clocks forward this Sunday.
In review, here’s a “Daylight Savings Safety Checklist”:
- Check the batteries in your smoke detectors
- Check the batteries in your CO detectors
- Design and/or practice your home’s fire escape plan
- Check and restock/implement your emergency preparedness kit
We hope you consider using the extra hour of light to double check your safety plans, kits and alarms on Sunday. Spending this extra time reviewing your home’s safety may just save someone’s life. Happy Daylight Savings!