Fall Back Safely | 6 Daylight Saving Safety Tips

Daylight savings time cartoonIf you’re tired of waking up every morning in utter darkness, don’t worry, relief is near.

Sunday, November 2 at 2 a.m., marks the end of daylight saving time (DST)where we as a nation—minus Arizona and Hawaii—ceremoniously set back the time an hour on our clocks.

The point is often lost on many of us, but traditionally daylight saving time is supposed to save energy and enable us to take advantage of the daylight hours.

A more practical reason to acknowledge daylight saving time is it also provides the perfect opportunity for recurring safety checks.

Let us share with you our 6 Daylight Saving Safety Tips.

Safety Tip #1 – Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
There are increased carbon monoxide poisoning risks with the use of fireplaces, gas-fired furnaces, and space heaters. You should replace the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace any smoke detector that is older than 10 years; and carbon monoxide detectors that are older than 5. (Bonus Tip: Be sure to also check and recharge your fire extinguishers!)

Bonus Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Your home should have smoke alarms on every level, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.
  • For the best protection, interconnect the alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • In the event of a fire, a working smoke alarm and a well-practiced fire escape plan can mean the difference between life and death.

Safety Tip #2 – Change All Batteries in Your Home
We recommend that you also take this time to change ALL of the batteries in your home. Some of these items will include thermostats, outdoor lighting, clocks, phone accessories, flashlights, waterconditioners and portable electronics. 

Check out these tips from Duracell on the proper way to discard used batteries!

Safety Tip #3 – Throw Away Expired Medications
Expiration dates DO matter when it comes to medications, prescribed and over-the-counter. Serious problems can be caused from taking very common expired over-the-counter medication.

Check out what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends for discarding unused medications. 

Safety Tip #4 – Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Home
This is a great time to create or restock your home winter preparedness kit. It should include flashlights, batteries, matches, a manual can opener, first-aid kit, unexpired medications, battery-powered ratio, extra pillows and blankets, and a list of emergency contact numbers. Click here for more of Woodard’s Winter Weather Preparation Tips!

Safety Tip #5 – Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car
You not only want to prepare for an emergency in your home, you also want to be sure that you are prepared in the case of an emergency while in your car. For a proper car winter preparedness kit, we recommend it include: flares, flashlight, batteries, warm clothes, blanket, water, non-perishable snacks, shovel, reflective hazard triangle, jumper cables, sand for traction, winter hat and gloves.

Safety Tip #6 – Check Outside for Hazardous Material
One possible overlooked safety check is the outside of your home and storage areas. These should be checked for hazardous materials. Materials that are outdated, unused or in poor condition should be properly discarded. Any others should be moved out of the reach of children and pets.

Tips for household hazardous waste disposal from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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