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Five things to do when Daylight Saving Time ends

This weekend, most of us will be savoring that extra hour of sleep as we turn back our clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time. But a little more shut-eye (and disrupting many children's sleep schedules) aren't the only things Daylight Saving Time should signal. It's important you take this extra time to do a few seasonal safety tasks throughout your home.

  1. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors
    It's not the first time you've heard this advice, but it's important you make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and have fresh batteries. Even the smallest flame can quickly grow and can consume a home in less than five minutes. It's not worth the risk having faulty or non-functioning smoke alarms.
  2. Throw away expired medications
    It's important you declutter your stash of unused or expired medical supplies and medications. Toss anything that has expired. Serious problems can be caused from taking very common, expired over-the-counter medication. To learn about safe disposal of unused or expired medicine, visit  allinahealth.org/pharmacy.
  3. Prepare a winter emergency kit for your home
    This is a great time to create or restock your home winter preparedness kit. It should include flashlights, batteries, matches, a manual can opener, first-aid kit, unexpired medications, battery-powered ratio, extra pillows and blankets.
  4. Prepare a winter emergency kit for your car
    Your home isn't the only thing that needs to be prepared for an emergency. Make sure you replenish your car safety kit with winter items like blankets and heat packets. If you don't have one already, you can buy or make your own car kit.
  5. Review your family safety plan
    Most of all, review your family emergency plan. If an emergency strikes, will your family know what to do? It's one of the most important things you can do for your family. Hold a meeting with your family to explain what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. You should also update phone numbers, addresses and contact information, and post an emergency information page near the phone.

With snow quickly approaching, do these easy maintenance tips this weekend to ensure a safe winter season!

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