Get ready to fall back by setting those clocks back one hour. In fact, while you are changing all of your clocks, take some time to check on a few of your preparedness items. This is a particularly great time to do the following: check your kits for items about to expire, winterize your kits, maintain your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check your fire extinguishers.
What Is About to Expire?
Take some time to go through your food and water inventory and rotate the food and water in your home, car and work kits. Check for items that will expire within the next six-months and move them to your pantry for quicker consumption. By identifying foods that will soon expire rather than waiting until they expire, we eliminate food waste.
Once you have removed the necessary food and water make sure to replenish those items for your kits. If you are like me and have created a naturally revolving supply in your home, then this piece should be very simple and you will likely only need to address those items in your smaller kits.
Winterize Your Kits
Daylight Savings Time is a great time to adjust your kits to the upcoming season. As we enter into our cold and damp season, consider adding additional items that will keep you warm and dry, like rain or waterproof boots, rain gear, extra socks, extra thermal blankets, and/or hand and foot warmers. In particular, make sure to check on your vehicle's kit and make additions as necessary. It would also be a good time to winterize your vehicle's engine.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Refer to your manufacturers guidelines for frequency recommendations for testing and cleaning. Here are a couple of links to two types of detectors: First Alert Carbon Monoxide Detector and a Kidde Combo Detector. Please note, I am sharing two different manufacturers here and their recommendations for testing are the same, however their recommendations for cleaning are considerably different. They both recommend weekly testing, whereas the First Alert recommends monthly cleaning of the filters with a vacuum and the Kidde recommends the cleaning occur once a year.
If you don't have the manual for your detectors, simply look on line to find them and check the detectors as often as is recommended. If they are installed up high, consider using a broom stick or extension pole to test the units rather than accessing the units with a ladder.
Check Your Fire Extinguishers
Since we just talked about checking your Fire Extinguishers monthly in last week's tip segment. I will only remind you to check your fire extinguishers and make sure you have enough in your home.
Lastly, if you can't remember what was recommended in last week's tips or you need additional assistance with your work, school or home plans, please Contact HT2!