Daylight savings time starts on March 13th, this year. While this is a great time to relax and enjoy your extra hour of afternoon sunlight, it is also a particularly good time to go through your safety list and make sure everything is in order. Catching these items now can help you save a lot of time and money.
Walk through your home and check out these safety related items:
- Smoke detector batteries
- Carbon monoxide detector batteries (or get one if you don’t already have one)
- Light bulbs (think about going LED – they are finally getting cheaper!)
- Fire extinguishers
- Security alarm backup battery
- Heating system filters
- Flashlight batteries (replace whether you think you need to or not)
- TV remote batteries
- Refrigerator filter (water/Ice maker)
- Dryer duct (not just the lint trap – lint will line the inside of your duct over time)
- First aid kit (make sure you have one and supplies have been replenished)
- Emergency numbers and evacuation information (on paper and on your phone!)
- Tire pressure (may as well save some gas money while you’re at it)
We all take safety for granted, and if all goes as planned we will never need to follow an evacuation order or rely on a working smoke detector. However, hoping emergencies don’t happen is not the best plan.
Although the expression “hope for the best but expect the worse” is cliche, it definitely contains some truth. As daylight saving time draws near it is better to hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
- Start your planning by making sure all your safety equipment is in good working order. If a smoke detector isn’t working, even after a new battery is installed, replace it. A working smoke detector could save your life in the event of a fire.
- While you are changing the batteries consider replacing old light bulbs as well. Poor lighting in an emergency situation can make a bad situation worse. We all know the compact fluorescent bulbs come on dim and slower get brighter. Think about going with LEDs instead, especially along paths you may have to take in case of an emergency. They come on bright just like the incandescent bulbs.
- Inspect your fire extinguisher. Do you have a fire extinguisher(s)? If not, consider getting one or more. If so, now is a good time to check the status of these items. Start by checking the location of your extinguisher. Your fire extinguisher, at a minimum, should be stored near an escape route away from any stoves or heating appliances. Also, consider checking the pressure in your fire extinguisher at least once a month to ensure it will work properly when needed.
- Don’t forget flashlight batteries! How often have you picked up that emergency flashlight just to find it doesn’t work? Go ahead and replace those batteries before you need them. Same thing with your radio or TV remote. Although these may not necessarily seem like emergency items, you may need them to stay current during an emergency situation.
- Now is also a good time to replace filters associated with your heating system and water-maker, as well as checking you dryer vent line. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent creating a fire hazard. Prevent a home fire by making sure your dryer ducts are clear.
- Make sure you have a first aid kit and that all components are up to date. If you used any of the items, make sure the contents have been resupplied. You want the items available when they are needed.
- Update you emergency contact numbers and evacuation information as well. You never know when you will need this information; make sure it is up to date.
- Consider checking the tires on your vehicle. Some emergencies may require you to evacuate. If you must leave your home, the tires on your vehicle will need to be in good condition in order to get you to your next destination. Check to make sure the tire pressure is in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. This preventative action not only helps during an emergency, but it can also increase your fuel efficiency as well.
Make the most out of your extra hours of sunlight by going through your safety list to make sure everything is in order. This year save more than just your day, save money too by taking these preventative actions to protect your family and your home. Taking the time now to make sure all your emergency equipment is in good, reliable working order will provide you with a sense of security and that personal insurance that everything will be working when you need it.
At Virginia Beach insurance company WBR Insurance we offer a full portfolio of policies. We pride ourselves in establishing personal relationships with our customers to assist you in protecting what matters most. To get a free quote for your Virginia Beach insurance needs, give us a call at 757-340-0028 or visit our website www.WBRInsurance.com.
#DaylightSavingsTime #DST2016 #SafetyChecklist