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Daylight savings time 2014: What should be checked at daylight savings time

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Daylight savings time for 2014 begins this Sunday, March 9. If you so happen to be up until 2 a.m., be sure to set the clock ahead one hour to 3 a.m. On Saturday before bedtime, turn the clock ahead one hour. LA Times notes March 7 that this is not necessary if clocks and other devices already have daylight savings reset automatically.

What are some other things to check for before daylight savings time kicks in? One of the most common recommendations is to be sure batteries in household safety devices are in good working order. This is especially true for smoke detectors. It is a good time to clear the alarm of dust that may have collected inside it, which could hinder its effectiveness. If there is dust on it, be sure to vacuum it out.

Smoke detectors and fire alarms should be replaced every 10 years as well.

Another thing to consider when it comes to safety this time of year is looking for items or substances that are outdated. Discard anything that is in poor condition or no longer being used, such as old medications, paint, and other household items.

Changing thermostat settings at daylight savings time has been proven to save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. This is done by decreasing thermostats by 5° F at night and 10° F during the day.

Daylight saving time is not observed in certain parts of the United States. Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands do not participate in the nation's ritual. In other parts of the world, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas do not observe daylight saving time, either.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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