A Homeowner’s Daylight Savings Safety Checklist
Since we change our clocks only twice a year, Daylight Savings is the perfect time to remind yourself to check on those home maintenance tasks that also need some attention twice a year. Here’s a quick list:
Check all smoke alarms
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends changing the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year to make sure they are ready when you need them. Make sure to press the test button after changing the batteries to ensure that the alarm is working properly. You should have a smoke alarm installed inside every bedroom in your home, in the hallway of sleeping areas, and at least one alarm on every level.
Check all Carbon Monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the “silent killer” because it is odorless and very hard to detect. Not all smoke alarms can detect carbon monoxide, so it is important to either buy a combination unit or to install a detector just for carbon monoxide. Just like a smoke alarm, the U.S. Fire Administration also recommends swapping the old batteries out of your CO detectors twice a year, then press the test button to make sure it is working properly. You should have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed on every level of your home, including in the basement and attic.
Practice your family emergency plan
Be sure that everyone in your family understands your escape plan should there be an emergency in the home, such as a fire. If you don’t yet have a documented plan, visit the National Fire Protection Agency site for some great tips for creating an effective safety plan for your family.
First Aid Kit check-up
Lastly, check your first aid kit to be sure it is filled with fresh supplies. Check the expiration on medications and creams to make sure they are still safe for use. Need more tips on what to include in your first aid kits? Get some great tips from the American Red Cross.
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