Don't forget to fall back this weekend and turn your clocks back one hour. Daylight savings time ends November 6, 2016 at 2 a.m.
The weekend most Canadians fall back one hour is also the ideal time to tackle seasonal safety projects. A lot of the routine maintenance on your home and car should be done twice a year, so what better time to start checking items off your "to-do" list?
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Around the house
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test both devices to make sure they are in working order.
Tip: Don't toss the batteries; there may still be juice in them. They can be used in children's toys, media players or electronic devices. Squeeze out every drop of power, then recycle them.
- Check your furnace's filter and replace it if it is clogged or dirty. Your furnace filter should be cleaned or replaced every two months during the heating season.
- Clear all your gear away from the furnace. Access to your furnace, and the area around it, should be clear of obstructions no matter what the season.
- Clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. This is especially important now that the leaves are falling. If clogged, fall storms can wreak havoc and possibly cause leaks.
- Bring out of hiding, all the winter gear you'll need to clear your walk, like shovels, sand and salt.
- Have your chimney cleaned so your fireplace will be ready for use.
- Go through your medicine cabinet for expired medication. Your pharmacist should be able to either take your old medications or provide you with information about where to dispose of them.
- Inventory your home's first aid kit and replace items that are expired, or replenish items like bandages that may be running low.
- Switch your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). Although initially more expensive, both can save you three times its purchase price in electricity
In Your Car
- Remove your golf clubs from the trunk and replace with a winter weather car safety kit. You can buy one or make your own car kit.
- Change your wiper blades. They should be replaced every six months.
- A change of season equals a change of oil. This will help to ensure your car operates at peak efficiency.
- If you change your tires seasonally, now is a good time to put your winter tires on if you haven't already. A good rule-of-thumb is to put your snow tires on when the temperature drops to 7° Celsius. Also, do not mix-and-match; install four winter tires.
Tip: Did you know some insurers offer a discount to policyholders who change their tires seasonally? And, for drivers in Ontario, since January 1, 2016 all Ontario car insurers must offer a winter tire discount if you change your tires seasonally.
Reminder for Quebec residents: Schedule an appointment to switch your tires before the December 15th deadline; otherwise you could face fines ranging from $200 to $300.
- If you don't change your tires seasonally, check your tire pressure and treads. If your tire pressure is off you'll notice irregular and uneven wear on your treads, reduced vehicle handling or decreased gas mileage.
- Take your car in for a tune up because winter weather can really take a toll on it. A complete check-up can be vital in keeping your car running smoothly.
Get Ready For The Snow
You know it's coming, the snow, slush and cold weather. Don't get caught unprepared behind the wheel with the Kanetix.ca list of winter driving tips.