Daylight saving begins March 12: Don’t forget to set your clocks and check your stocks
saving time springs forward this Sunday at 2 a.m., which means we lose an hour
of sleep. The good news — besides that extra sunlight at the end of the
day — is that you can use the clock change as a reminder to check your
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Get Ready’s Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign,
you’ll never be missing important emergency items when a disaster happens. Here
are eight things to double-check along with your alarm clock:
1.Did you raid the emergency stocks
for canned fruit after
noticing you were out and craving some peach cobbler? You should have enough shelf-stable
food stored to last three days. Remember to purchase canned fruit packed in
juice, not syrup. Also, be sure to have a manual can opener on hand!
2.Do you have three gallons of water per person
per day stored? Or did your daughter decide to fill up the fish tank? In an
emergency, water can stop running from the tap or be unsafe to drink. Make sure
you have enough for everyone, plus some left over to brush your teeth.
3.Did the resident chipmunks in your garage take
advantage of your emergency granola bars? Be sure to check all stocks for
damage by insects and other pests.
3.Has your son borrowed the emergency flashlight
to tell scary stories by the campfire on his Boy Scouts overnighter? In an
emergency, you may lose power. Check to make sure you have a working
flashlight. Battery-powered, hand-cranked or solar-powered all work fine.
Candles can cause fires, so they’re not the safe choice for emergencies.
4.Do you really want to eat canned tomatoes that
you bought preparing for Y2K? (Here’s a hint: you do not.) Check the expiration
dates on all of your emergency food and water stocks. Try to purchase foods that
don’t require refrigeration and are low in salt. (AKA, no salted caramel ice
cream. Sorry, Joe.)
5.Are there enough batteries for your emergency
flashlights and radio? Or were they stolen to power “batteries-not-included”
toys on Christmas morning? Make sure to check the expiration date on your
batteries, and confirm they haven’t been exposed to snow or rain. You’ll want
to have enough ready for your emergency radio, which is a great way to get
weather and disaster alerts.
6.Do you have emergency medication and copies of
important documents for all family members? Or have your stocks not been
updated since Suzy was born? It’s important to have paperwork and medical
supplies for all family members in case disaster strikes. Depending on your
needs, contact lens solution or diapers may be necessary as well.
7.Did you forget about Fido? Pets are loved ones,
too! Include food, medication and other supplies for your animals in any
checking for all of these items, you
can rest easy — though an hour less! — knowing your family is prepared for
living in Arizona and Hawaii: Just because you don’t observe daylight saving
doesn’t mean you don’t experience emergencies. Remember to check your