This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings Time in the United States so before going to bed Saturday night don't forget to set your clock back one hour.
Traditionally this is the weekend in which Americans replace the batteries in their smoke detectors, and given the danger that fire presents for all of us that is the most important thing to do. Renters should check their smoke detector batteries as well. In most parts of the US, landlords are required to provide smoke detectors but the law doesn't require all of them to provide batteries. It's a good idea for renters to take charge of their own safety and change the batteries this weekend.
Depending on the expert giving the advice, smoke detectors should be changed every 3 or 5 years. Let's face it, it’s a relatively inexpensive machine and it will eventually wear out. This week might be the perfect time to replace the entire Smoke Detector. And while you're at it, pick up a few Carbon Monoxide detectors. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill. It is produced by burning natural gas as well as oil. Changing those batteries this weekend is well worth the effort too.
Setting the clock back an hour gives us all that extra hour to accomplish things that we always intend to do but often neglect.
Staying with the idea of safety this is the ideal weekend to check tire pressure as well as making sure winter windscreen washer is full in our cars. Change your vacuum bags. Seriously - when was the last time you changed them – the holidays are coming and that this is a breeding ground for bacteria.
Foodies can take full advantage of the extra hour by going through the cupboards looking for things that are expired (toss them) or things that you know the family won’t eat (donate them). Use the hour to take inventory for the holidays. This is the perfect weekend to take stock of those holiday season basics like chicken broth, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and cranberries.