Change the clocks, change the batteries. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives … if they’re powered on by a fresh battery. Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year–so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around.
Changing batteries isn’t enough, if it’s been awhile. I bring this up for the winter change and the spring change. If your smoke detectors are 10 years old (or more), it’s time to replace them altogether. It is a small expense to provide a LOT of protection to your home and loved ones.
Start thinking about summer! The recent summer like weather makes it easy to remember summer is on the way. As the days grow longer and the temperatures get higher there are things to do now in preparation.
- Check condition of screens – are they ready to keep out all those flying critters we will be seeing soon?
- Check around the foundation and doorways for cracks and crevices – seal them up before crawly critters start looking for cool vacation spots inside your home when it heats up outside.
- Do your ceiling fans wobble? Are your window fans securely in place? Don’t wait until you need to use these items everyday to check them out and get them ready for the season.
- How is your yard looking? Did the weeds take over, or are you ready to plant some colorful spring flowers? We are so lucky to be able to start our spring planting early here in the South Bay! Feed your lawn now and it will require less water in the hot summer months to come.
- Have you considered planting edibles? Herbs, peppers, strawberries…lots of typical plantings but take a look at all the choices of dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees! You can practically have your own orchard.
- Time to dust off the grill! Here is a nice checklist for grill maintenance I found on Real Simple: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/more-rooms/gas-grill-maintenance-checklist-00000000002181/index.html#
Set your clocks forward and get set for SPRING!!