We can all look forward to an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, November 4, as we turn the clocks back one hour for the end of daylight savings time. As you adjust your clocks, it’s also an ideal time to take stock of the safety devices throughout your home to ensure you’re prepared for the impending fall and winter – with our “Fall Back” Safety Checklist.
Check your AED
As you reset clocks in your home, office and car, don’t forget the one that could potentially save a life – the one in your automated external defibrillator (AED). Just as you rest all your other clocks, updating your AED clock by one hour is an opportunity to check the batteries and accessories, and get spare batteries and pads ready, if necessary. Ensure your AED is ready to perform at a moment’s notice and has passed its most recent self-test.
Don’t have an AED in the home? No time is better than the present to consider getting one, such as the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator.
With winter upon us, it’s more likely you or a family member may overexert yourselves while shoveling snow or cleaning up fallen leaves – and this risk particularly increases with age.
Review your safety devices
As you are doing safety checks throughout the home, it’s a great time to also check other devices to make sure they are functioning properly, should you ever need to use them. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Test each device to make sure it is in working order, should an emergency arise.
Inspect your fire extinguishers as well. Ensure it is in an accessible spot and remove any potential obstacles. Inspect the seals, check the pressure, look for damage, and document your inspection on the extinguisher. Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher, but you should consider keeping them in any space where fires are most likely to start – such as the kitchen and garage.
Get first aid ready
Finally, take stock of your first aid kit. Look over your supplies, and compare to your checklist. Make sure you have extra supplies to always be prepared for an in-home injury. Be sure to order any missing or low-stocked items as soon as possible.
Let the SOS safety consultants help you “fall back” into home safety with the assurance that your AED and accessories are up to date, your devices are ready and working should an emergency happen at home, and your first aid kit is full of the necessary supplies. Give us a call at 888.705.6100 or order right from our website at sos4safety.com