Prepare your Home for Winter with a Daylight Savings Time Check List

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“Change the batteries on your smoke detectors when the time changes.”

It may seem like funny advice given that one thing doesn’t have much to do with the other. However, the days when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends are useful for accomplishing things that need doing only once or twice a year. It’s a great time to hire a handyman or do them yourself. This year Daylight Savings Time ends on November 7th, so you will need to set your clock back. Here is a checklist of other tasks to ensure your safety and get ready for winter.

Change Smoke Detector Batteries: Don’t gamble your family’s lives on batteries that might not work. Use the time change to replace smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries. While you’re at it, test the detectors so you know they are working effectively. Chances are the batteries still have some juice in them. Rather than wasting that power, use the batteries up in toys, music players, or something that’s not essential for your safety. Also take this time to check that your fire extinguishers are in good working order.

Check Your Heating: Winter is on its way. Now is the time to change the filters in your heating system if you haven’t done so recently. You want your heating system ready for cold weather. Hire a handyman to tune up your system and make sure it will last throughout winter.

Tune Up Generators: If you own a home generator for power backup, make sure it gets a tuneup before winter sets in. You don’t want to discover during a blizzard or hurricane that your fail-safe for a home power outage is not working.

Prepare for Emergencies: Now is a great time to check your flashlights because you don’t want to find out the batteries are dead after the power goes out. Stock up on firewood and buy salt for your walkways. Remember that people often panic when snow is coming, so stock some essential non-perishables before a storm is forecast. Check your first-aid kit and fill it with all the supplies you would need; replace anything that’s been used up or expired.

Winterize Your Car: Take your car in for an inspection and tune-up so it is ready for winter’s rougher weather. Check the tires for wear because you don’t want to drive on snow or ice with worn-out tread. Stock up on windshield washing fluid, which can get used up quickly in slushy winter weather. Remember if you live in a colder climate that washer fluid must be rated for lower temperatures. You don’t want those lines to freeze up when temperatures drop and you’re on the road.

Winterize Summertime Power Tools: If you own a lawn mower, chainsaw, or other tools that are filled with gas, Daylight Savings Time is the perfect opportunity to get them ready for winter storage. Safely drain gas and oil, clean off any muck, and lubricate with WD-40. This is another of those jobs you might want to turn over to your handyman.

Are there other things on your list during the Daylight Savings Time change?


Joaquin Erazo, Jr. is the senior vice president of marketing and public relations at Case Handyman & Remodeling, the country’s largest home remodeling company.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Prepare your Home for Winter with a Daylight Savings Time Check List”

  2. jamie
    Nov 23, 2010

    Put a snow shovel,a windshield scraper, extra hat and gloves, and a sleeping bag in your car(if you live in the north)…if you live in the south, get ready to deal with tourists from the north. ;)

  3. Dec 1, 2010


    Those are excellent suggestions for wintertime driving preparations. Thanks for adding them!


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