Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized
Ready to Spring forward? Time Change Sunday is on the way!
On Sunday, March 13, Daylight Savings Time will begin in most of the United States.
Setting the clock forward means it's time for a seasonal safety check!
As you circle the house, setting clocks ahead, make time for this short safety checklist. It'll see you into Spring from a safe--and organized--home.
Change the clocks, change the batteries
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives ... if they're powered on by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year--so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around.
Energy savings hint: don't toss the replaced batteries just yet. While they're likely not fully charged, replaced batteries can still do duty in children's toys, media players or electronic devices. Squeeze the last drop of power out of them before you recycle!
Replace light bulbs
Chances are, you'll have stepladders out to reach smoke detectors and clocks, so double up on safety (and energy savings) by checking light bulbs and light fixtures.
Consider replacing conventional bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LCD bulbs. The U.S. Environmental Protection estimates that replacing standard bulbs with energy-efficient ones saves over $30 in electricity costs over their lifetime.
Check the first-aid kit
Summer's coming ... along with bumps, scrapes and stings. Check the first aid kit against this first aid kit checklist, and replace any missing supplies.
Review your family emergency plan
If an emergency strikes, will your family know what to do?
Review your family's emergency plan, or create one for the first time. Hold a meeting with family members to explain what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.
Update phone numbers, addresses and contact information, and post an emergency information page near the phone.
Learn more about what your family needs to know in case of disaster or emergency: