First of all, I almost forgot it was that time of year again! I’m glad I was reminded of it. It’s always awkward when you forget and show up late to where you have to be (like church). But, after being reminded, I decided to make a quick note on what I do during daylight saving time.
Second, holy cow, I wrote two articles this week. I know this one is shorter, but I’m still pretty happy about it.
After this quick read, let me know if it helped you!
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
I always use this time of year to check my smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These are the things in your home that can save your life. I also understand that most of the time, the batteries in these can last a long time, but I’m not willing to take that risk. You can then use the batteries for other appliances.
My detector takes a 9V battery, and so does my smaller gun safe. I remove the battery out of the sensor and place it in my safe. Up to now, I have yet to have either one run out of juice. You can take the batteries out and put them in remotes, clocks, or other devices that take batteries.
After I swap out the batteries, I always remember to push the button for a function test.
Check Out My Emergency Supplies
Overall, I am making sure that nothing is expired or is about to expire. This includes mainly freeze-dried food and canned goods. If anything is going to expire, I consume that first. I am planning an ‘Epic Road Trip,’ so this will be perfect for taking some food items I’ve been hoarding.
I also like to rotate other items on this list, not just-food. For example, because I mentioned it above, I have firearms and a lot of ammo (possibly in different locations). I again use this time to remember to cycle the ammo and make sure all looks usable and clean.
Most importantly is to cycle through my stored water. I’m pretty good and moving the containers around, and when I drink any of it, I fill it back up. But having checkpoints throughout the year have never hurt. It might be redundant to some, but it works for me, and let’s be honest, that is what is essential when planning with emergency supplies.
As I am typing this, I remembered I want to check out my first aid kits. I’ve mentioned before I have a few of them around. I realized yesterday that some of my adhesive bandage tapes were stuck together. I also noticed most of the meds I carry had expired. So, along with this section, I am going to add this to my list. For me, this area might take a while, but I figure if I check out the kit in my car and my main bag at home, I will be okay. After that, when time allows, I’ll update the others that are around.
Remember to Set My Clocks Ahead
Going back to the beginning of this article, it would suck if you completely forgot to set your clocks ahead an hour this Sunday.
You don’t want to be that person. You know the one that walks in late or doesn’t show up at all. That’s when they claim, “They got sick.” Enter blaming the COVID-19 Virus again!
A way I remember this is in the Spring we, “Spring ahead an hour,” and in the Fall, we, “Fall back an hour.” It might seem a bit silly, but it has always worked for me.
What Do You Do?
Okay, now is the time…what did I miss?
Do you use daylight saving time to remember anything you need to do?
What about any other times of year you do any of these tasks? Let us know because we want to see if anyone else does this and even if this short article has helped you out! The goal is always to be thinking about these topics and make sure we are still safe and ready for what life throws at us.
Thanks for reading and check your smoke detectors!