DAYLIGHT SAVING COMES TO AN END
At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th, Daylight Saving Time Comes to an end for 2018. As a result you will wind the clocks back and get an extra hour. What will you do with the extra hour?
We recommend that you take that extra hour and apply it to your preparedness and emergency plans. At a minimum, take some time to check on your kits, review your family's plans and check on your life safety devices.
For Your Kit: This is an excellent time to look at your kits and determine if anything has expired, is missing or needs to be replaced. While you are checking out your kits, take some time to add extra clothes and sturdy shoes that will keep you warm and dry during the next months of colder temperatures and wetter days. Do you have everything you need? Does the kit have a comfort item? Maybe you should add some of that leftover Halloween candy to the kits. Or pick up an additional item to add to your kit.
For Your Family's Plans: Take this time to evaluate and discuss your family's plans. Do you have a robust communications plan developed with an "out of area" contact identified? Does everyone carry a card with the name and number on it, so we don't have to rely upon our cell phones?
How about your fire evacuation plans and identification of a meeting/assembly spot outside? Why not throw in an evacuation drill for the family. Speaking of evacuation planning, have you established multiple routes to evacuate, if an evacuation from your home was necessary?
What about your finances? Will you have enough cash on hand? We will likely have no access to ATMs or banks to access our funds. So, you should have small denominations of cash on hand.
For Your Life Safety Devices:
Make sure to replace all of the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for maintenance. Many manufacturers recommend vacuuming the filter areas to remove any build up of dust and other debris. Remember to replace your smoke detectors if they are 10 years old.
Take inventory of your fire extinguishers too. Make sure that you have them stored on each floor of your home and in locations that you can easily access without putting the fire between yourself and the exit. Check the gauges and make sure the arrows are pointing to the green section of the gauge, as shown in the above image.
These are just a sampling of things you could do with that extra hour. Daylight Saving start and end dates are great times to walk through this process. If you have any other great ideas to share, please send them our way!
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