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It’s that time again and for most of us in the United States we are ready to change those clocks and welcome spring with a big warm hug! On Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 a.m. daylight savings time begins and setting those clocks forward means it’s time for a seasonal safety check.

As you make the rounds in the house setting clocks ahead, make time for a short safety checklist of other items in your house that may need attention.
Green Check 2Change the clocks, change the clock batteries.

Green Check 2Change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
Safety experts recommend replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year–so celebrate Time Change Sunday with fresh batteries all around.

Green Check 2Check/replace fire extinguishers.
Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Fire extinguishers can become useless over time so now is the time to test and replace it if needed. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher in your home, you should get one as it can save you money on your homeowners insurance premium.

Green Check 2Replace light bulbs.
Consider replacing conventional bulbs in your home with energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LCD bulbs. The U.S. Environmental Protection estimates that replacing standard bulbs with energy-efficient ones saves over $30 in electricity costs over their lifetime.

Green Check 2Check the first-aid kit.
Replace any missing supplies in your first aid kit.

Green Check 2Check plumbing.
Daylight Savings Time is an excellent opportunity to check under sinks, toilets, in the basement, behind your washer, shower/tub, and other household plumping to make sure you don’t have even a small leak.

Green Check 2Review your family emergency plan.
If an emergency strikes, will your family know what to do? Review your family’s emergency plan, or create one for the first time. Hold a meeting with family members to explain what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. Update phone numbers, addresses and contact information, and post an emergency information page near the phone.

Learn more about what your family needs to know in case of disaster or emergency by visiting redcross.org, FEMA.org or ready.gov.

Green Check 2Review your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Now is a great time to review your homeowner’s policy with your agent to ensure you have the coverage needed to protect you, your family and your belongings. To begin, it is important to know what your policies cover and don’t cover. For a review of what is included in a standard insurance policy, read our article on “How Well Do You Know Your Insurance Policy?”

Your agent can also help evaluate your coverage. If you don’t currently have an Access Home Insurance residential homeowner’s policy and would like more information, ask your agent or go to Find an Agent on our website.