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Daylight savings time is upon us. On March 14, 2021 at 2:00 am, the clocks will “spring forward” one hour, causing many of us to lose an hour of precious sleep. However, it will translate to more light in the evenings, which is certainly something to look forward to. Below, we’ve made a list of a few daylight savings safety tips to ensure a safe and easy transition.
As March 14 marks the beginning of daylight savings rather than the end, it unfortunately means that we’re all going to lose an hour of sleep. Prepare your body by going to bed early on Sunday night, or perhaps even for a few nights leading up to Sunday. This will help you adjust your sleep schedule so that you hopefully won’t even notice the lost hour Monday morning. Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or patience to go to bed early, try to plan a lighter work week ahead, as this one-hour time change has the ability to make everyone more tired and irritable until their biological clock is adjusted.
While preparing your vehicle is arguably more important when transitioning from fall to winter, it’s still a necessity come the spring. If you had winter tires put on your car for the colder months, then use daylight savings as a reminder that it’s time to switch them out again. If your tires don’t need to be switched, then take the seasonal transition as a prompt to get your car checked. Make sure the fluid levels are where they should be and that your care is safe to drive through the spring and summer.
Finally, we recommend using daylight savings as an excuse to check that all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your house are working. The first step is replacing the batteries, which many people forget to do. Beyond that, note the year the detector was installed, as detectors over ten years old should be replaced. Now is also a great time to test that your detectors are working, although this should ideally be done more frequently than twice per year.
Stay safe this daylight savings time by practicing the advice above. Another way to stay safe is by learning basic first aid. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.