When Daylight Savings Time begins and ends, it is the perfect time to do things and check things that you wouldn’t normally think about. Keep you, your family, and your things safe with this easy 5-point checklist.
– Replace the batteries on your fire alarms.
You’ve probably heard this one before as an essential to-do on Daylight Savings Time. It is essential to you and your family’s safety that you replace those batteries.
– Check and/or replace fire extinguishers
In accordance with the first item, you should go ahead and check your fire extinguishers, assuming you have at least one in your kitchen. If you don’t, you should go get one. You never know when you’ll need it as I discovered one unfortunate day (read this) to understand where my discovery came from).
Over time, fire extinguishers become useless so it’s good to check them.
– Clean the computer
I’m not talking about computer operational stuff, I’m talking actually cleaning it. Dust can accumulate inside the hard drive and debris can fall into the keyboard. These things can decrease the function of your computer and/or cause the computer to crash, losing all your hard work and files. This is the perfect time of year to remove the cover of your hard drive and clean out the dust. Next should be your keyboard and mouse. Here are some helpful articles that tell you how to clean each. Click here for hard drive, click here for keyboard, and click here for mouse.
Daylight Savings Time is also the perfect time to back up all the files that you “mean” to backup when you create them. Whether you use an online service, flash drive, or CD, you should take this time to protect your files.
– Go through your kids’ toy chest
It’s quite easy to just toss those toys into the chest without inspecting them. But if you have young children, looking these toys over can keep your little ones from getting hurt. First, inspect the toys for broken or loose parts. If they cannot be fixed, toss them. If they can, then take the time to go ahead and fix them. Also, inspect the battery containers for signs of corrosion. Sometimes battery acid (particularly from old toys where you’ve been “putting off” getting new batteries) can leak into the battery well. This is a danger for children and most of the time, the toy will no longer work, even with new batteries.
– Check plumbing
A small leak can end up costing thousands if not caught for several months. Daylight Savings Time is an excellent opportunity to check under sinks, toilets, in the basement, behind your washer, and other household plumping to make sure you don’t have even a small leak. This item won’t take much time at all and can save you lots of heartache and trouble down the road.
Source: personal experience