This weekend marks the end of daylight savings time when we will turn our clocks back one hour. It is also a great time to replace the batteries in our smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. There are a great number of other safety issues and inspections that can be addressed at this time. For example, when was the last time you emptied the lint trap on your dryer which could create a fire risk? You could also perform some long overdue repair or maintenance items around your home that could rectify some type of hazard or safety risk. Do you have outdoor lights that have burnt out and need to be replaced? What other items around your home could be addressed that could help to prevent some type of accident or injury?
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has also suggested that you check into any recalls which may be in effect on your motor vehicle. You can also sign up to receive alerts as to any future recalls which might be posted in the future. The NHTSA suggestions are as follows:
- Check for Recalls. Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your vehicle's 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). In seconds, you'll know if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.
- Get It Fixed. If your vehicle is affected by a recall, contact your dealer to schedule a repair. Every recall is fixed for FREE.
- Get Alerted. Sign up for Recall Alerts. If your vehicle is included in a future recall, you'll receive an e-mail letting you know.
If you think your vehicle may have a safety-related defect that isn't part of a current recall, contact NHTSA. Even a single complaint is enough to trigger a recall. Contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Stay safe by checking for recalls, getting any open recalls fixed and encouraging your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. For more information visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.
This is the perfect weekend to be reminded of the importance of making our homes safer and helping to reduce the risk of any type of injuries that may affect our families or guests. Have a very happy and safe end of daylight savings time weekend!
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