It may not feel like it after this year’s scorching summer, but fall has officially arrived and winter is right at its heels. As the seasons change, so do the clocks! The end of daylight savings 2019 will be this Sunday, November 3. Clocks across the United States will be set back by one hour at 2:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Aside from getting an extra hour of sleep Sunday night, the end of daylight savings 2019 is the perfect opportunity to take stock of your home safety and perform any necessary maintenance. Here are three tasks that will help you fall back into safety.
Change Your Clocks
This one seems like a no-brainer, but there are plenty of devices that won’t automatically adjust to the time change. Make sure to change all manual and digital clocks back one hour. Don’t forget your kitchen appliances, alarm system, car clock, and wristwatch!
Test Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends using the end of daylight savings 2019 as an easy-to-remember reminder to tackle basic smoke alarm maintenance. Test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home—there’s a handy “test” button on all devices, and it takes only a few seconds to give you peace of mind. You should also replace the batteries in each detector, and, if your detectors are more than 10 years old, consider replacing each unit.
Purge Your Medicine Cabinet
Whether it’s aspirin, antibiotics or any other prescription or non-prescription medication, if you’re not taking it anymore or it’s past the expiration date printed on the packaging, you should consider disposing of it responsibly. Some medicines can be very harmful if they are taken by someone other than the person intended while other medicines can be damaging to the environment.
While many drugs can be discarded in the household trash, according to the Food and Drug Administration, some require special disposal methods. Below you’ll find the FDA’s guidelines for proper drug disposal and a list of community take-back days, where thousands of municipalities around the country will be collecting unused drugs next April.
FDA Drug Disposal Guidelines
- Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
- Take advantage of programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Check with your local law enforcement agencies to see if they sponsor medicine take-back programs in your community. You can also contact your trash and recycling service to learn about medication disposal options and guidelines for your area.
- Transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Authorized sites may include retail, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement locations. Some offer mail-back programs or drop boxes. Visit the DEA’s website or call 1-800-882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collector in your community.
The end of daylight savings 2019 means cooler weather, preparing for the upcoming holidays, and spending quality time with family and friends. Be sure to get into the habit of addressing these fall checkups before the season gets too busy, since you’ll be more likely to forget.
From all of us here at Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys, stay safe this season and exercise caution as daylight savings 2019 comes to a close. With one less hour of light in the evenings, be sure to turn your headlights on and drive carefully to avoid accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists, wildlife, and other automobiles.
If you were injured in an accident at or near the end of daylight savings time, contact us today. We offer free consults and take no fees unless we win. Visit one of our offices located throughout the United States from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, or call us anytime at 844-977-1900 . You can also speak with one of our representatives online or submit a free case review 24/7.