Don’t forget to fall back Saturday night

Published 7:00 am Friday, November 4, 2016

Sunday morning you may wake up and find that the time on your alarm clock and Internet connected devices don’t quite match up.

That would only occur if you forgot to set the alarm clock back an hour. That’s right, we fall back an hour this weekend.

With Daylight Saving Time coming to an end at 2 a.m. Sunday morning that also means sunset will be an hour earlier.

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If your cellphone doesn’t have a flashlight function on it already, it’s a good idea to download the application before that time change occurs, because more of us will arrive home after dark.

The good news is this weekend will mean we all get an extra hour of sleep. This biannual occurrence is an opportunity to check those things experts suggest we do at least a couple times a year.

That includes testing smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, replacing water filters in and around the home and checking air filters and fluid levels in your automobile.

It’s also a good idea to change the air filters in your home’s HVAC system. 

While we’re compiling a list of things to do with that extra hour, checking the gutters for leaves is a good idea.

We may be in drought conditions now, but eventually all the South Mississippi rain will return, and clogged gutters are no fun to clean in stormy conditions.

This is also a good time to check the dryer vent for a build up of lint. Removing that debris can prevent a house fire.

And speaking of house fires, don’t forget to inspect fire extinguishers around the home and replace any that have expired. Keep in mind; fire extinguishers with metal caps can be refurbished.

Two more things that you can check are  the fireplace flue for creosote buildup, and the coils on the refrigerator.

Keeping both of these things clean can prevent costly repairs.