A Few Things for your Daylight Savings To Do List besides Changing Clocks

November 2, 2023 | Category: Article

In 1784, Benjamin Franklin, proposed the idea of aligning waking hours to daylight hours to conserve candles. Since then it’s been integrated into our time twice annually moving our clocks with the change in seasons, and always with an argument, is it worth it?

Well, that’s a debate for another place and another time, but for now, there are some tips to make the changing of clocks easier and safer for you year-round!

Firstly, do yourself a favor and change all of the clocks that don’t automatically change, ahead of time, like before you go to bed.

This will mean the least disruption and will ensure you don’t have to wait up and do math, you’ll wake up and the time will be accurate.

Second, since you may have older clocks, daylight savings time is the perfect time to replace clock batteries as well as change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

Third, check your outdoor lighting solutions. Is everything powered appropriately, are all the lightbulbs in good working condition?

Mornings will be darker and darker, and with the daylight dwindling, making sure you have well lit outdoor paths is important, especially as it gets colder and the weather turns icy and potentially treacherous.

If you have a morning commute it may now occur in partial or complete darkness, especially as winter approaches. So also be sure to check your vehicle headlights.

So as we approach Sunday, November 5th, the day when we’re supposed to turn back the clocks an hour, know that you’re not alone.

And for as long as Daylight Savings Time exists, it is a good excuse to semi-annually check detector batteries and outdoor lighting.

What else do you do?

Written by: Jason Stershic, Blogger for AgentPalmer.com and Podcaster host of The Palmer Files