On the first Sunday in November, clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1:00 a.m. local standard time. These dates were established by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. no. 109-58, 119 Stat 594 (2005).”
Time moves ahead one hour in March, whereas it moves back one hour in November (hence the saying “Spring forward, Fall back”).
A fall back in time preceding winter necessitates some pre-winter preparations. I’ve compiled a checklist that you can build upon and use at the same time. Remember..always have a proactive contingency plan in place. Here goes.
• Change the smoke detector batteries. Some advise simply replacing all of your batteries in your smoke detectors, and I do too. Don’t take a chance on this. If there is remaining juice in the batteries put them in some device not critical to the well being of your home.
• Change the batteries in your emergency flashlight batteries. The ones in your home and your vehicle. You’ll thank me in the midst of an electrical storm that’s flexed its muscles or a vehicle breakdown or flat in rural or suburban midnight America.
• Inventory your Medicine Cabinet. Toss expired over the counter and prescribed medications. If you do throw them out, do it properly—many drug stores will take them back. Putting them in the garbage and flushing them down the toilet contributes to a larger problem.
• Check the First Aid Kit. Do the same as above for the medicine cabinet for all consumables toss them in the appropriate manner and replace with fresh ones. Replace any depleted non consumables such as bandages
• Winterize Your Vehicles This is directed at those that inhabit the areas of the country where winter takes no prisoners. Worn tires and icy, snowy conditions are a recipe for imminent accidents. Replace worn tires now or have the insurance company replace the vehicle later! If you are rolling on custom rims and tires, now is the time to switch to the winter gear, usually OEM tires and rims or tires specifically geared for inclement weather. . Also tire chain users, now is the time pull out last year’s chains and inspect. Replace damaged chains where required. Also for those that switch to a lighter viscosity oil for winter, go ahead and have that first oil change of the winter done. While you are at it, pickup a few gallons of windshield washer fluid before winter encourages price gouging.
• And while I’m on vehicles, give your investment one more serious wash and thou rough wax job to protect against the winter elements and the chemicals used to combat it such as salt and sand.• •Place your first firewood order and oil tank fill up for the winter season. Waiting for winter to knock on your door will result in waiting for service and possibly higher prices.
• Winterize your home. Confirm all door to floor rubber seals are effective. If you seal windows on the outside with plastic now is the time to go ahead and knock it out. Change filters, check thermostats and take blankets out of storage. Those of you in colder climates can even lower your refrigerator’s thermostat at this point, contributing to a small savings in the utility bill.
• Stock up on non perishables Especially if you live on the mid to upper East Coast where people panic like hell and flood grocery stores at the mention of snow. (Not sure why they do this, having lived through one of the biggest snow storms of the 90s, the longest anyone was snowbound inside was two days). But now is the time to beat the crowd and for cheaper.
• Canned tuna fish, salmon, potted meat, deviled ham, beans, canned greens, packaged rice and pasta, powdered pancake mix, sugar, toilet paper, nuts, dry cereal, flour, meal, you all know the deal. And while you are at it clean all the old stuff out of the fridge as well as the cabinets too. And if you have freezer you can up the ante with frozen fresh vegetables and meat. And when a heavy snow dump hits, and you find yourself cozily inside enjoying coffee and a movie while your neighbors are waiting in lines a mile long, you will be happy you considered the contingency factor.
• Stock up on winter hardware. Snow shovels, salt, surface deicer, sand, lock deicer (or rubbing alcohol) windshield scrapers and brushes.
Oh yeah, remember to turn the clocks back on or about November 1st.
You’re probably reading this and thinking how am going to do all of this on November 1st? You’re not. But sometimes before the end of November having addressed the items on this list triggered by Daylight savings time will certainly save you time money and a whole lot of frustration and stress.
What are some of your daylight savings time triggers?