As you are moving through the house this weekend setting the clocks forward an hour, you might also consider checking some essential equipment that can help keep you safe in an emergency.
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday morning. While most people are thinking about setting the clocks forward an hour, Tod Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management says it’s also a chance to think about improving safety.
That should include making sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and replacing the batteries in those devices, even if they still have some life left in them. It might also be time to consider replacing some of those devices completely, which have sensors that wear down and become less effective over time.
Pritchard also suggests checking emergency kits for food and other supplies that are close to expiring, or that the family may have raided from those kits over the course of the past year. While the season for severe storms is still a few months away, he says it can be a good idea to get a head start on having your supplies up to date in the event a disaster strikes.