Don't Fall Behind on Emergency Prep During Daylight Savings Time

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Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 12:30pm

Disaster can strike at any time, in any season. Practicing emergency plans regularly and updating emergency supplies semi-annually is an important and even lifesaving habit to keep.

Clocks will be moving backward by one hour at 2 o’clock on Sunday (November 3) morning, signifying that we’re inching closer to winter. Daylight Savings Time happens twice a year and are perfect times to check through your home to ensure you have the proper tools to help you through an emergency. 

Emergency items can be quickly used up throughout the year, especially during hurricane season. If Hurricane Dorian didn't deplete your emergency kit stash, now is the perfect time to refresh, restock or simply start building an emergency. As you are checking your clocks, check around the house for items that are key components of an emergency kit: Bottled water, non-perishable foods, first aid items, flashlight, personal hygiene necessities, extra batteries, blankets, etc. By checking your emergency supplies twice a year, you can ensure you won’t run into expired food or are missing other necessities when you need them most.

However, the time isn’t the only thing you should be changing during daylight savings. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors run on batteries and can only do their job while the batteries last. Replace the batteries in all detectors during the time change every year. Once the batteries are replaced, test each system to ensure it is working properly. Also check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement age. If your detector is past it’s prime, it may be time to invest in a new one. If the batteries still have some charge left, save them for children’s toys, the remote or other electronic devices. 

During fall Daylight Savings Time, some say you "gain an hour," but make sure you takes these easy steps to make sure you don't fall behind on emergency preparedness.

Kirsten Barber