Daylight Saving Time 2016 is here and in addition to changing clocks, it is time to take care of a few more things. The below list is not only a reminder of important state laws but also includes items that might save a life.
“Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday at 2 a.m., when we set our clocks ahead by one hour,” reports CTV News Windsor on March 12. While the term “Daylight Savings Time” is actually grammatically incorrect and should be “Daylight Saving Time,” CTV’s report is informative because it reminds readers that having a working smoke alarm is the law.
“Fire departments are reminding us that having working smoke alarms on every floor of your home is not only the law, it’s a significant factor in surviving a house fire. Statistics from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal reveal that in 36 per cent of fatal residential fires, there was no smoke alarm warning. Of 27,000 house fires between 2009 and 2013, there were no working smoke alarms in 18 per cent of them.”
The key word in the above news report is “working” smoke alarm. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), most states require working smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide detectors. Homeowners and landlords are responsible for ensuring that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are not only available on each floor of a dwelling but also functional.
Below is a list of things to do for Daylight Saving Time 2016:
1. Change your clock ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
2. Check the clocks on any indoor automatic timers such as pet feeders, aquarium lighting, watering systems for pets or plants.
3. Check the clocks on any outdoor automatic timers for lawns or vegetable gardens.
4. Check or replace the batteries in your smoke alarm.
5. Check or replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector.
6. Review your family’s fire drills and escape routes in your home: “Fire prevention officers also recommend that families practice fire drills in their homes the same way they are practiced in schools and workplaces. Every household should have a fire escape plan that outlines two ways out of every room as well as a designated safe meeting place outside to ensure that every occupant has escaped a fire.”
7. Check your earthquake supplies and update if necessary.
8. Check your emergency contacts and update if necessary.
9. If not already there, post emergency phone numbers for police offices, fire departments, hospital, doctors, or veterinarians on your refrigerator.
10. Remember on Monday after the Daylight Saving Time change that some drivers might be sleepy in the morning. Give yourself extra time and be vigilant. “It has been reported that there is a significant increase in the number of automobile accidents in the spring shift to DST due to the loss of 1 h of sleep,” writes the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
11. In addition to sleepy drivers, also be prepared that children might be more sleepy or cranky on Monday morning.
Daylight Saving Time, or (if you prefer) Daylight Savings Time, is challenging for many because of the change of sleep pattern and body rhythms. “Moving our clocks in either direction changes the principal time cue — light — for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. In doing so, our internal clock becomes out of sync or mismatched with our current day-night cycle. In general, ‘losing’ an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than ‘gaining’ an hour in the fall,” writes WebMD in regard to Daylight Saving Time 2016.