Daylight Saving Means Keeping Your Home & Business Safe Too
With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 8th, we all get one less hour of sleep and an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. But the more important change we should all make on Sunday is related to keeping our homes and businesses safe.
Daylight Saving Time is the perfect opportunity to check your fire extinguishers to make sure they will perform in case of emergency. Extinguishers generally sit in the same place for long periods of time, so it is important to make sure that the extinguishing agent inside the container is loose and will expel from the extinguisher when needed. To do this, just turn your fire extinguisher upside down several times to move the powder inside around the container. As long as you feel the contents shifting inside, the powder is functioning as it should and will expel when you pull the trigger. Also check to make sure that the gauge shows that the extinguisher is adequately charged. If the gauge is not in the correct charge level and your extinguisher is a one-time use canister, dispose of it properly and replace it with a new fire extinguisher.
Make sure to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend also.
In the event of an emergency, you want to be sure that your emergency warning systems and fire suppression tools are working, so check your equipment today and use Daylight Saving Time as a good reminder to help keep your home and business safe from harm.