Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 13.
Most of our clocks will change automatically, but the time change is a good reminder to take care of some home safety tasks and get ready for longer days.
Clear the Air
Test your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Hard-wired detectors have a test button that you can press, and battery-operated ones should get new batteries.
Change the filter on your heat/AC air return vent too! That's a once-a-month task many of us forget.
Clean up Clutter
Clutter can make cleanup a challenge, leaving dust and other allergens behind. Clutter also causes stress—which none of us need more of!
Scrub Down the Kitchen
Day-to-day cleaning is great, but it takes a kitchen deep-clean to reach the greasy grime, food-flecked appliances and science experiments at the back of the fridge.
Restock Your First-Aid Kit
Make sure your supplies are up to date in your home's first-aid kit. Check expiration dates and restock the bandages and ibuprofen that have been "borrowed" from it over time.
Clean out Your Medicine Cabinet
Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements have expiration dates. Check your medicine cabinet for anything that doesn't belong there anymore and dispose of it safely.
Adjust Buckles and Straps
Your child has grown since the last time you had their carseat or booster seat checked or fitted their bike helmet for them. Local bike shops will help if you're not confident in the fit--and they can check your helmet too!
Get Caught up on Checkups
After two years of safety concerns in various stages of lockdown, many of us are out of sync with checkups, screenings and immunizations (when was your last tetanus shot?). Checkups are not just for kids; schedule your family's women's health, men's health and teen physicals today.