Spring Forward & Review Your Safety Checklist!

Spring Forward & Review Your Safety Checklist!

Daylight Saving Time begins every year on the second Sunday in March. We "lose" an hour when the clocks are set forward. For many, that means a tired couple of days as our bodies adjust! While you're turning those clocks forward, get in the habit of checking a few other safety items off your list! 

1. Test your Smoke Alarms. Three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Although your smoke alarms should be tested monthly, Daylight Savings Time is a great time to change out your batteries and test that they're working. 

2. Test your Carbon Monoxide Detectors. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each bedroom and on every level of the home. The safety tips for CO detectors mirror those of smoke alarms: change the batteries, test them and interconnect them, if possible. Also, make sure vents for your gas appliances (fireplace, dryer, stove and furnace) are free and clear of snow or debris.

3. Get Rid of Unwanted Medicines. NSC recommends you take unwanted or expired medicines to a prescription drop box or take-back event near you. NSC offers free Stericycle Seal & Send envelopes, so you can send your unwanted medication to be safely destroyed.

4. Spring Cleaning. With the warm weather comes a desire to shine and polish your home. But when warning labels are ignored or chemicals fall into the wrong hands, disaster can occur. Refresh your memory on chemical safety and proper disposal safety tips. 

5. Window Safety. With warmer temperatures arriving, it's important to practice window safety – especially in homes with young children. Daylight Savings Time is a great time to install window guards and remind children to play away from windows. 

Prepare yourself and your family for a safe spring! 

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