At 2 am on Sunday, March 11, daylight saving time begins. We’ll set our clocks forward one hour, and the change will push sunsets later into the evening hours and sunrises later into the morning hours.
Now is a great time to do some of them including:
Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Take the time to make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and have fresh batteries.
Vacuum out your dryer's vent and ducts. Lint lodged in the vent pipes, the space behind the dryer, and ducts outside your home is often the cause of dryer fires. Your vacuum's crevice tool can help you get the job done.
Check on your fire exstinguishers. A fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver. Placed near an exit, in an easy-to-grab spot, it can put out a small fire before the firefighters arrive, or at least suppress the flames while you escape. They dont last forever though, and its important to inspect them regularly to ensure they are in working order when you need them. Check the pressure gage to make sure it still in the green, and ensure that the safety pin is securely in place and there are no obstructions in the discharge nossel. If there is anything wrong with your existing exstinguisher, or if you dont already have one, replace it.
Inspect and change your furnace/AC filters. You should inspect the filters in your heating and air-conditioning units to make your systems are still running well.
Check your emergency kit. If you've depleted your supply of flashlight batteries, bandages, and other just-in-case items over the past six months, use this time to restock. Rotate any perishable foods and throw out anything that may be spoiled.
Cleaning out your gutters. Yeah you just did this at the begining of winter but spring showers are persisting and its important to make sure your gutters remain clear of leaves, branches, and other debris so they can effectively channel water off of your roof.
Flush your water heater. When it comes to doing household chores, flushing your hot water heater is easy to overlook. Regularly flushing out your hot water heater is an important task. Getting rid of the gunk and mineral deposits that accumulate will help your hot water heater run more efficiently as well as prolong its life, saving you money in the long run.