"Lost time is never found again,” is a quote that’s attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Yep, the same Benjamin Franklin who’s credited with proposing the idea of Daylight Saving Time, the annual, jet lag-like time change ritual that many of us approach with a bittersweet mix of dread and anticipation. While many of us lament over the hour of sleep we’ll lose when 2 a.m. magically becomes 3 a.m. on Daylight Saving Time – exactly where does that hour go, anyway? – we’re equally happy for the extra hour of daylight in the evenings. 

While “springing forward” gets a bad rap – it’s blamed for everything from wreaking havoc on the universe by disrupting the circadian rhythm, increasing the number of car accidents and even causing lower than average returns in the stock market – it also serves as a semi-annual reminder to do some helpful, and even life-saving, chores.

Most of us probably are familiar with the suggestion that we change the batteries in our home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when the time changes each spring and fall (and while you’re on your stepladder, why not vacuum any dust and cobwebs that may have accumulated since your last visit?). But it might be time for you to take it a step further and replace your detectors, themselves: the sensors lose their effectiveness over the years, even if the detectors appear to be working well. The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that you replace your smoke detector every ten years, and your carbon monoxide detector every five years. Refer to the instruction manual for specific replacement recommendations regarding your detectors.

Think green: don't toss your replaced batteries – recycle them #SpringForward

6 Ways You Can Seize the Day(light) Saving Time:

  1. Check the expiration date of your medications. Both prescription and common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems if ingested after their expiration date. Dispose of all medicines properly.
  2. Flip or rotate your mattress. Speaking of missing out on sleep... manufacturers recommend rotating and/or flipping your mattress to minimize wear and extend its usefulness.
  3. Change your wiper blades. Florida’s rainy season will be here soon. ‘Nuff said.
  4. Review your family emergency plan. Tornados, hailstorms, hurricanes – Florida is prone to severe weather. Is your family prepared for an emergency? These helpful tips will help you create or review your family's preparedness plan.
  5. Take an inventory of your home. Could you imagine having to create an inventory of your belongings if everything you owned was destroyed by a hurricane or fire? Even better than a paper record, email yourself the documents. Store your inventory digitally in case you have to evacuate. That will help to expedite your claims process.
  6. Dust off your insurance policy. Have you made any significant upgrades to your home, or added some bling to your jewelry box this past Christmas or Valentine’s Day? Are you sure you have enough coverage to rebuild your home or replace your contents? Whether you need Florida home insurance or renters insurance, the time is right to review your insurance policy.

Do You have other home improvement or safety tips?