Turn your clocks back an hour when Daylight Saving Time Ends–This weekend–November 6th at 2:00 am.
This is a pretty obvious one. Nowadays, though, with our cell phones, computer, and tablets changing their time automatically, it can be easy to forget that you need to turn back your home clocks yourself. So, remember: switch back the clocks on the stove, microwave, and wall by a full hour. You’ll thank yourself the following morning when you avoid any potential moments of “wait, what time is it?” panic.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarm
Ever been sleeping peacefully through the night, only to be awoken by a bizarre, confusing, intermit! tent chirping sound? You roll out of bed, thoroughly disheveled, and wander the rooms of your home. Finally, you discover the source: a low battery in one of your smoke detectors. While the aforementioned scenario is reason enough to switch out your smoke detector batteries every year, there’s a more important reason: a smoke detector with adequate battery power can detect smoke from a fire, and save your life. One without power can’t. So, use the end of Daylight Saving Time as an annual reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries.
Check your furnace and water heater
Many furnaces need annual maintenance: use the end of DST as a reminder to schedule it. If nothing else, be sure to switch out the air filter (especially with winter just around the corner). While you’re in the utilities area of your home, check your hot water heater for any signs of leaking.
Clean your gutters
No one likes cleaning gutters. We get it. But what’s worse than cleaning gutters? Not cleaning the gutters. The end of Daylight Saving Time is a great time to get out the ladder and remove the leaves and other debris from your gutters.
Restock your Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is essential in every home, and the end of Daylight Saving is a great time to check its content and restock it. It’s likely your emergency kit has been depleted if you live in one of the areas affected by the 2017 hurricane season. If you’re not sure what to include in an emergency kit, take a look at our hurricane kit checklist which includes everything you’ll need and more. And, you’ll be one step ahead when next year’s season rolls around!
With these tasks out of the way, enjoy that extra hour of sleep! You’ve earned it.
Regency Association Management