We Change the Clocks on Sunday . . . Here Are Four Other Things You Should Do This Weekend

  Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend.  Here are a couple of things you should do besides just changing the clocks:


1.  Change the batteries in your smoke alarm.  It’s a good idea to change out the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a year, so doing it the same weekend as changing the clocks is an easy way to stay on top of it.

2.  Restock your emergency kit.  You should already have a stocked emergency kit at home, but it might be even more important now with coronavirus going around.  If you DON’T have one, put one together this weekend . . . and if you DO, go through it to make sure nothing has expired.

(If you need help building an emergency kit, Ready.gov has a list of things to get, and how to prepare for a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak.)

3.  Clean out your fridge, pantry, and medicine cabinet.  This is a good time to de-clutter all your food, medicine, and supplements.  Toss anything that’s expired or you’re no longer using, and make it a point to use up anything that’s expiring soon.

4.  Flip your mattress.  Some mattresses should be flipped twice a year to avoid irregular wear, and it’s easy to remember if you do it the same weekend you change your clocks.