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Daylight Savings: Tips For Around The House

Tips for Daylight Savings

In some parts of Australia daylight savings starts around October and finishes in March. And though daylight savings is perfect for giving us that extra few hours of light in the evening during the warmer months, it is also a good time to take care of important annual tasks around your home.

Here are the top TEN:

1. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

You've likely heard this being said a lot, and it's worth repeating. Take the time to make sure your smoke alarms are in working order and have fresh batteries. Flames can consume a home in as little as five minutes, and the risk of dying in a fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

2. Clean your roof gutters

The warmer months usually mean bushfire season, so it is important to clean your gutters of leaves and debris, and make sure that the area surrounding your house is free from anything hazardous such as dead branches, flammable fuels, and leaf litter.

3. Check your gas bottle

Summer means BBQ’s, and for those that run off gas bottles, it is a good idea to check your gas bottle for any leakages by inspecting the hose connectors. If you haven’t changed your gas bottle in ten years, then best you do ASAP.

4. Flip your mattress.

To make sure your mattress wears evenly, you should flip or rotate it every year.

5. Wash your pillows.

Lots of nasties, such as oils from your face, dead skin, and dust mites accumulate in your pillow over time, so they need a good cleaning at least once a year. Owned a pillow for more than two years? Replace it.

6. Take stock of your medicine cabinet and pantry.

Now is a good time to declutter your stash of out-of-date food and medicines.

7. Clean your fridge.

Cleaning the shelves and other compartments of your fridge will help remove bacteria and germs that can linger.

8. Vacuum out your dryer's vent and ducts.

Lint lodged in the vent pipes, the space behind the dryer, and ducts outside your home is often the cause of dryer fires. Your vacuum's crevice tool can help you get the job done.

9. Inspect filters in heating and air conditioning.

Make sure your heating and cooling systems are still running well, and if you have a water filter in the kitchen, also check that it needs replacing.

10. Check your emergency kit.

If you've depleted your supply of flashlight batteries, bandage, and other just-in-case items over the past year, use this time to restock.

Using daylight savings as a signal to check on important tasks around your home is a great way of remembering to get them done. Why don’t you try it?

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