o_my_goodness (o_my_goodness) wrote,

An Ounce of Prevention . . .


For most of us in the U.S., today marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.  At 2:00 a.m. we were supposed to set our clocks ahead one hour (because you "spring forward" in the spring and "fall backward" in the fall). 


But, this isn't just a public service announcement to remind you to change your clocks if you didn’t before you went to bed last night.  I've been keeping the Something Good blog for a year and a half, and every time we've had a time change, I've forgotten to mention this idea.  Yea for me for finally remembering!


Remember all of those devastating fires to hit California last autumn?  None of us wants to find ourselves in the position of losing our possessions, memories, or lives to a fire.  While we can't avoid every disaster, we can help protect ourselves by taking some precautions.  One suggestion I heard a long time ago that has stuck with me is to use Daylight Saving Time as a reminder to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Since it comes along twice a year, you'll be sure to always have fresh batteries. 


There's a good chance that the batteries you remove will still have plenty of juice left, so save them in a container marked for the purpose, and use them in your camera or the kids' toys.  You'll be doing Something Good by protecting your home and by not wasting the batteries.  If you don't happen to have any extra AAAs lying around the house, use this reminder to add them to your shopping list so you can pick them up the next time you go to the store.

Tags: safety, tips

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