This Sunday, March 13th, rings in Daylight Savings Time which means setting clocks ahead one hour (Spring Forward). Time Change Weekend can be more than simply TIME change. It's also a good reminder to check, change, or update some things in your home to make sure you're ready for anything.
- Emergency Weather Radio (NOAA radio) – If you don't already have an all-hazards weather radio, now is a perfect time to purchase one. If you have a NOAA weather radio, change or check the batteries to make sure you can receive the alerts. Spring increases severe weather threats such as thunderstorms and tornadoes. It's a timely way to know when to take shelter any time of the day.
- Emergency Kits – If you don't already have a family emergency kit, now's the time to build one. It's also time to replace any items you've used during the previous months and to check expiration dates on food, water, and medications to ensure you have a viable supply when you need it. Click here for a simple checklist of items to have in your kit.
- Emergency Plans – Do you know two ways to get out of each room? Time change is a good time to talk with your family about what to do and where to go in case you're separated as a family. Click here for a Plan Making Wizard.
- Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. It's not enough to have detectors in your home, they need regular testing and fresh batteries. Time change is a good time to test the signal and the batteries. Detectors do wear out over time and need to be replaced every 8 to 10 years. If you can't afford smoke detectors, contact 311, they can set up a time to have smoke detectors installed in your home free of charge.
When you Spring Forward this weekend, also spring into safety. For more tips and information on getting your family prepared for emergencies, go to our website: http://www.dallasemergencymanagement.com.