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9 things to do when you 'fall back' this weekend

The extra hour this weekend is a good time to take care of all those things you've been meaning to do but haven't gotten around to yet, such as…

  1. Set clocks back one hour. Hide the Halloween candy from the kiddos and hope for an extra hour of sleep.
  2. Change or charge batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It might be time to replace your detectors. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years; carbon monoxide alarms, every five years.
  3. Refresh supplies in emergency preparedness kits. Check batteries, expiration dates, and supply levels of the items that you keep in your preparedness kits - at home, in the car, and at work. Emergency Management has some recommendations for what to include in your kits as well as other tips to prepare for winter weather.
  4. Check home and storage areas for hazardous materials. Move them out of reach of kids or pets and bring any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site.
  5. Check and discard of expired medications. Those dates really DO have meaning - some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging. Bring your expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Prescription Drug Take Back Drop Box just inside the east entrance of the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, offered by the Sheriff's Office. This service is free and open to any Johnson County resident and is available 24 hours per day. No paperwork required.
  6. Update your File of Life. This form gives paramedics an overview of your general health, such as allergies, medications, and medical history, if you aren't able to.
  7. Check tire pressure and tread. If your tires are in good condition and don't need replaced before the winter weather, rotate them to help them last longer. Proper tire care helps you stay safe on the road, improves gas mileage, and helps tires last longer.
  8. Change passwords. The longer you keep a password, the more likely your account will be compromised. For a strong password, use a minimum of eight characters including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  9. Change or clean air filters. Dirty air filters make your heating system less efficient, which means higher energy bills. Dirty filters can also cause a breakdown in your system or start a fire.