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8 things to do when the time changes

The time change 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 forward one hour. It's hard to lose an hour of your weekend but since your boss is doing it, you probably should too.
  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. JoCo72.org has some recommendations of what to include in your kits as well as other tips to prepare for severe weather season.
  4. Check home and storage areas for hazardous materials. Move them out of reach of kids or pets. Bring any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. The first Saturday HHW collection of 2015 is March 14. Learn more about the program and make a reservation.
  5. Check and discard 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 offered by the Sheriff's office. Located inside the east entrance of the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, this service is free and open to any Johnson County resident. No paperwork required.
  6. Check tire pressure and tread. If your tires are in good condition and don't need replaced before the rainy weather of spring, 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Change or clean air filters. Dirty air filters make your heating or cooling system less efficient, which means higher energy bills. Dirty filters can also cause a breakdown in your system or start a fire.