Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday

Emergency Kit

Daylight Saving Time officially ends this weekend. On Sunday at 2 a.m., roll your clocks back one hour.

The start and end of daylight savings is a perfect time to make sure your household is ready for emergencies.

When you change your clocks this weekend, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The St. John’s Regional Fire Department reminds you to protect yourself and your family from fire and CO dangers in your home. Fresh batteries are necessary to keep alarms working, so they can alert you and your family, and give you time to escape an emergency. Working smoke and CO alarms save lives.

This is also the perfect time to restock your household emergency kits. With winter fast approaching, you may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

Basic emergency kits should include food, water and a battery-operated or crank flashlight. Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy. It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.

For some helpful hints on building a kit, visit our emergency preparedness page.