4 Things to Change When the Time Changes
The second Sunday of March at 2:00 AM, is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time–which means it is this Sunday (March 12th) when we need to “spring forward” and set our clocks ahead by one hour. In addition to changing our clocks, this bi-annual tradition is also a good time to change other things in your home.
Here are 4 things you should change when the time changes:
The U.S. Fire Administration suggests that we test smoke alarms monthly, but once a year as we change those clocks, we should also change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is also the perfect time to change batteries in flashlights and weather radios as we prepare for possible spring storms.
You don’t need to buy a new mattress every six months, but you do need to change which side you sleep. If you use the time change as your reminder, the rule of thumb is “Spring-Spin” and “Fall-Flip”. Spin the mattress end for end so that what was the headboard is now at the footboard. Then, in the fall, you will flip the mattress the short way so that top becomes the bottom.
Experts recommend replacing your toothbrush once every 3 months, making the spring time change a perfect time to find a new one. Not sure you need one? Look at the bristles–if they are frayed and not standing straight, they won’t clean your teeth as thoroughly.
While spices may not spoil, they do lose their strength and even if they have been stored correctly, ground spices and herb leaves should really be replaced after one year. To determine if a seasoning is still good, use this tip from SpicesInc.com: Gently shake the spice container with the cap on. Remove the cap and smell the spice to see if the potent aroma of the spice is still present.
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