Once again it’s time to move the clocks forward, but with Daylight savings it’s a really good opportunity to take care of some chores that only need to happen twice a year. Let’s look at a few of them:
1.Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors
The fire departments and Fire Marshall recommend replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO2 detectors twice a year. The best way to remember to do this is to do it on Daylight Savings. Pull the batteries and replace them, even if you don’t think they need it. Better to buy a new pack of batteries than to not wake up during a fire.
2. TEST your Smoke Detectors
As always when you take the batteries out of something, make sure the new batteries work. In addition to just pushing the “Test” button, take a small piece of paper and light it on fire, then blow it out and hold the smoking paper by the detector and make sure the alarm sounds.
This is a task I didn’t do until my clothes stopped getting dry, and when I did it, it was surprisingly fun. You can buy an inexpensive kit that attaches to a power drill that will clean out the vent, and also improve the efficiency of your dryer. Not to mention a dryer vent full of lint is a HUGE fire hazard.
4. Clean your Fridge Coils
Pull your fridge out, and vacuum the coils on the back of your fridge, then wipe them down with a wet cloth (do NOT use cleaning products on the cloth!). Not only does this help clean the fridge, it will reduce your power bill, as your fridge won’t need as much energy to run.
5. Go through your clothes closets
Take your clothes hangers and hang them backwards on all your clothes. As you wear the clothes, or hang new clothes from the wash, turn the hangers forwards. At the end of 6 months, any clothes with the hangers still backwards, you know you don’t wear, and can donate (unless they’re specialty clothing like winter jackets, rain jackets, etc. that you won’t use in the warmer months).