Spring Forward and Change Batteries

clockIt’s that time of year again. Time to change our clocks to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. You can remember that you set the clock forward an hour if you simply remember to “fall back” and “spring forward”. While I hate losing an hour of sleep on the night I move the clock forward, I like the end result.  Who doesn’t like an extra hour of light in the evening? More time after work to walk, ride bikes, or sit on the patio enjoying the warmer weather.

There’s another task that you should do every time you change your clock – one that’s equally important-change the batteries in your smoke detector! I know that the batteries last longer than six or seven months, but this is a great time to make the change since you’re already thinking about making changes around the house.  And while this is a safety issue, there is nothing more annoying than the batteries in your smoke detector dying in the middle of the night. We’ve made that mistake and the shrill warning emitted by the smoke detector cannot be stopped. We’ve had to resort to taking the smoke detector down and moving it to the car so we could get back to sleep when we’ve been awakened from a sound sleep by the irritating tweet.

Buy batteries now so you’ll be ready this weekend…change your clock one hour ahead on Saturday night before you go to bed and change the batteries in your smoke detectors.