Many people view March as a time to air out their homes, rid themselves of the clutter that has accumulated during the winter and begin to look towards the warmer days ahead. After three months of cold temperatures and dark days, I know I welcome Daylight Savings Time with open arms!! This year, Daylight Saving Time occurs on March 12th. At 2 a.m., we spring an hour forward and although we lose an hour of much needed sleep, we gain some much needed daylight.
Must Do Daylight Savings Time Tasks
Daylight Savings Time is also a great time to tackle those biannual tasks around the house. Many of these tasks may seem simple, but often they are over looked until a problem occurs:
1 Change the batteries in your smoke detector – Everyone is talking about it, but many people don’t do it! It is good to get into the habit of every time you change your clocks, you test and change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors. If you own a new home, you probably shrug this task of thinking that it should hardwired so batteries aren’t important. Hard wired detectors need to be replaced every 8 years and should be maintained with back up batteries in case the power goes out.
2 Replace your toothbrush – You brush your teeth twice a day, but how closely do you look at your toothbrush for signs of wear and tear?The Canadian Dental Association recommends you change your toothbrush every three months. You can use Day Light Savings Time as a guideline to help you remember when to change them. It’s also a good idea to change your toothbrushes after a bad infection, cold or flu and when the bristles start to become malformed.
3. Clean out your medicine cabinet – whether it’s leftover medication from your surgery six months ago or it’s an empty bottle of Asprin when you have a headache, it is very important to properly dispose of expired medication, creams, vitamins and supplements. Check expiry dates and the condition of the medication (ie was a creams cap left off and it’s no good) prior to returning it to the cabinet. This is also a good time to add medications and vitamins that may be need for the next season (ie band-aids, allergy medication and Vifusion Vitamin D).
4. Clean out your fridge – if you are like me, you probably tackle your fridge every two weeks when creating your shopping list. It is, however, very important to give your entire fridge a thorough cleaning. Don’t forget to vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge. They an build up with dust and become a potential fire hazard. From scrubbing the shelves to removing expired food and condiments, the entire fridge from top to bottom needs to be sanitized. Placing a box of Arm & Hammer™ Fridge-n-Freezer™ or Fridge Fresh™ Baking Soda in your fridge or freezer helps to eliminate odours and keeps your fridge smelling fresh.
5. Vacuum ducts and replace filters – Over the winter we usually have the furnace pumping and the windows shut tightly. This leaves very little room for dirt and allergens to escape! With prime allergy seasons up ahead, it is very important to rid your house of any allergens that are hanging around. This can be easily done by vacuuming out each vent in your house and replacing the furnace filter.