Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Quick Daylight Savings Time Check List

This weekend marks the start of Daylight Savings Time in the United States so before going to bed Saturday night don't forget to set your clock ahead 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 advise, smoke detectors should be changed every 3 or 5 years. Let's face it, its 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.

Other timely tasks for this weekend :

Check the tire pressure on your car. The shift in temperature can result in a pressure change. Over or underinflated tires reduce fuel economy and in extreme cases can result in a blow out.

Check your washer fluid in your car as well as anti-freeze levels.

Change filters in your heating and cooling systems. Sure, the heating season is over for most people but shutting down the furnace with clean filters means less work next fall. Clean filters also help the unit run more efficiently.

Change your vaccuum bags. Seriously - when was the last time you changed them.