TOM: As daylight savings time rolls to a close, it’s a good time to go beyond resetting clocks to prepare for winter. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: Job one in the wee hours of November 3rd, is to set all your clocks back one hour. But, before you settle in for a long winter’s nap, make a few other updates around your home.
LESLIE: This is the perfect time for smoke detector maintenance. Change the batteries and test for proper operation. In a fire emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death.
TOM: Also check carbon monoxide detectors. And, if you don’t already have them, add at least one near the bedrooms. Some heat sources and faulty appliances can generate this silent killer and threaten your family’s safety.
LESLIE: What’s more, if a carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm, don’t ignore it or don’t disable it. Detectors go off for a reason and you should immediately open the windows, evacuate your family and call a professional to find the source of the problem. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit Home Improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.