For those that wish to be precise, you will have to stay up until 2 AM tonight to change your clock, which would be 1 AM after you change it.
For the rest of us, just set your clock back 1 hour tonight before you go to bed as we start Eastern Standard Time and put Daylight Savings Time to rest for a few months. Remember the old adage "SPRING FORWARD…FALL BACK" and you wont’ be late for church, Sunday School or work tommorrow morning.
Also you need to do the following at least twice a year and time change is a good time to remember these things:
- Check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit for your house (water, food, flashlights, batteries, blankets).
Once you’ve created your home disaster kit, use the semi-annual time change to check its contents (including testing/replacing flashlight batteries).
- A COLD winter is coming! Make a "winter car-emergency kit" now and put your vehicle! (Don’t know what to include? Do an Internet search for "car emergency kit" and you’ll find lots of ideas!)
It’s a good idea to carry a car-emergency kit in your car year-round, but be sure to add cold-weather gear to your general car-emergency kit each fall. (Having a separate duffle/gear bag clearly marked "Cold Gear" specifically for your cold weather emergency gear makes it easy to add or take out of the car, seasonally.) Like a Boy Scout, "Be Prepared!"
In cold weather, even a very minor car problem or flat tire can be deadly serious, or at the very least, miserable to deal with, unless you’re well prepared.
- Check home and outbuilding storage areas for hazardous materials. Discard (properly, please) any which are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition. Move any which are within reach of kids or pets.
- Check and discard expired medications – those dates really DO have meaning – some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging.
Remember to check the AGE of your detectors!
On November 2nd, 2007, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), press release #08-062, suggests not only to check/change batteries in alarms, but also check the age of the alarms and replace older alarms. The CPSC suggests that consumers
- replace smoke alarms every ten years and
- replace carbon monoxide (CO) alarms every five years.
Sensors in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms degrade and lose