Tips to Keep Your Home Protected in Time of Change

By Sandy Flores

Real estate instructor at the College of Santa Ana

 In California time daylight savings (DST, for its acronym in English) is adopted. The essential idea is to make better use of daylight hours. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a memorandum of law on the time daylight savings. However, any state can choose to be or not within the time savings by passing a state law.

A new energy policy act changed the dates on which DST begins. The new dates have been in place since 2007.

Now the daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday in November at two in the morning in most states in the United States.

For this reason, on Sunday November 7 at two in the morning we will have our clocks one hour delay. Return to the regular schedule time when DST ends in March.

It is advisable for these schedule changes to get used to change not only watches, but also perform some other tasks that improve the safety of our homes. For instance it is advisable to replace alarms smoke detectors and carbon monoxide as well as check functioning normally. The batteries of this type of alarms are not eternal and consumers should be alert to the possible effects of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.

In November 2007, the Commission on Product Safety (CPSC for its acronym in English) published its recommendations suggesting not only verify that the smoke detector batteries and carbon monoxide are active, but also check the age of detectors and replace if necessary.

The CPSC suggests that consumers substituyan alarms smoke detector every 10 years and carbon monoxide five.

Sensors in these alarms lose effectiveness after a certain period as a result of environmental pollution and wear and tear.

Another important consideration is to prepare an emergency kit and supplies package for emergency or natural disaster. The kit should include essentials like water, canned food, flashlights, blankets, basic medicines, batteries, etc..

Once you have created and gathered all the materials home, spend time checking the contents thereof and the expiry date of foods and medicines containing. It is advisable to go changing all those perishable products to ensure that they remain in perfect condition for consumption.

“Millions of Americans are without adequate protection from fire and carbon monoxide because the battery is dead or the alarm is too old,” the temporary CPSC Chairman Nancy Nord.

CPSC confident consumers and families the necessary attention to control items that pose a risk of fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical or can harm children.

CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products and contributed to a 30 percent reduction in the rate of deaths and associated with consumer products over the past 30 years injury. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772, or visit their web site at www.cpsc.gov / talk.html .

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