SANTA ANA, Calif., March 3, 2015— Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, and Insurance Partners, Inc., would like to take the opportunity to provide some tips to help you kick off spring on the safest footing.
In most states, we change the clocks twice a year, disturbing our sleep cycles. This can lead to fatigue, which can lead to dangerous situations. For instance, in the days following the end of Daylight Saving Time, pedestrians out at dusk are nearly three times as likely to be killed in a car accident. The day after Daylight Saving Time begins, heart attacks jump up 25 percent. You can help change these statistics by practicing good sleep hygiene and making sure that you help your body adjust to the sun rising and setting later.
Here are a few other ways you can make Daylight Saving Time into daylight safety time:
- Check your home fire extinguishers to see if they need recharging. If the needle in the small gauge at the top of the extinguisher is in the green, chances are the extinguisher is fine. If it’s in the red, though, you’ll need to get the extinguisher recharged.
- Test your smoke alarms. This is a task you really ought to do once a month, but if it’s been a while, this weekend is a great opportunity to get back on a regular schedule. Ensure all your alarms are working properly, and replace batteries as necessary. If your smoke alarms are older than 10 years, they should be replaced. Don’t put this task off: risk of death from home fires is reduced by 50 percent in homes with working smoke alarms.
- Test your carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure they are functioning properly; replace batteries if necessary. Carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every five years.
- Take some time to prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. Include bottled water and non-perishable snacks, flares, jumper cables, a flashlight and fresh batteries, insect repellent, blankets, and shade hats and warm clothing for yourself and members of your family.
For more than 35 years, Insurance Partners, Inc., has been providing quality protection for individuals, families, and businesses, helping people make sense of their insurance needs so they can look forward to a brighter, more secure future. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, contact us.