Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, giving us an extra hour of sleep when we turn our clocks back one hour on Saturday night.
The American Red Cross recommends that you also use this as an opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and get prepared for fall and winter by checking your emergency preparedness supplies - a step that could save you time during an emergency.
When you turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night, take the time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure the alarms work by pushing the test button.
The end of Daylight Savings Time also means that winter weather may soon be on the way. Almost 3,700 people spent Tuesday night in Red Cross shelters in the Northeast following a massive snowstorm that knocked out power to thousands. Last December, drivers were stranded for nearly 48 hours after a lake effect snowstorm forced portions of the NYS Thruway to close near Cheektowaga.
The American Red Cross recommends taking the following safety steps while turning back your clocks this weekend:
• Updating the emergency contact information in your family communications plan. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact that each person in your family can call if he/she becomes separated during a disaster situation.
• Making sure your emergency preparedness kit still includes at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items and water (one gallon per person per day), a flashlight, a battery-powered or crank radio, can opener, first aid kit, copies of important documents, and special items such as medications, diapers, and infant formula.
• Checking your emergency preparedness kit for expired food items. If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed.
• Making sure you also have an emergency preparedness kit in your car, including food, water and blankets.
Taking simple actions like these can help you be better prepared for a disaster or emergency situation. So, when you turn back the clock this weekend, take a few extra minutes to ensure that you and your family are better prepared for the unexpected.