Fall Time Change and Maintenance Tips

Its that time of year again where most Canadians need to turn back the clocks an hour. This weekend, when you are changing the time on your stove, microwave, wall clocks etc.. You may want to do a yearly maintenance on certain items inside and outside of your home. 

 

Check smoke and Co2 detectors

It’s a good idea to test your smoke and Co2 detectors.  While you are testing them, give them a fresh pair of batteries. 

 

Replace light bulbs

Have you noticed your lightbulbs aren’t giving out as much light as they used to? This is a good time to change them out for new bulbs. 

 

Prepare for cold and flu season

Cold and flu season is upon us. Stock up on over-the-counter medications like cough syrup, throat lozenges, decongestants, ginger ale and tissues. Also, make sure to check and replace batteries in the thermometer.  Having these on hand before you or your family gets sick is a good idea. You don’t want to head out to the store feeling like you just got hit by a bus. 

 

Check your first aid kit

Have you used anything in the last couple of months from your first aid kit?  Now is a good time to take inventory and replenish on items that you need. 

 

Check your medicine cabinet

Take out all your medication and check expiry dates. While some medication that is expired won’t harm you, they won’t have the full effect. It’s better to regularly check medication and dispose of any that are expired.  Pills should be brought to your local pharmacy for them to properly dispose of. Do not flush pills down the toilet. 

 

Prepare your vehicle for winter

Give your vehicle a good once over. Check everything from the battery, wipers, headlights, blinkers, brake lights and give a top up to all engine fluids. 

This is also the perfect time to bring your vehicle into the shop to give it a tuneup and change your summer tires to winter ones. 

Giving your vehicle an inside-out cleaning won’t hurt either! 

 

Replace Filters

How long has it been since you replaced your furnace filter? What about your water filter? 

Daylight savings is the perfect time to change out those old filters for new ones. 

 

 

Do you have anything else that you do maintenance on this time of year? Let us know in the comments below! 

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