Daylight saving time ends in the early morning hours just after Halloween this year, giving us an extra hour this weekend. The annual change occurs during the first weekend of November.
This is also a good time to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The National Fire Protection Association says three out of every five home fire deaths occurred when smoke detectors were either not present or were not working properly. Approximately 500 people are treated at hospital emergency rooms across the state annually for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
If you have an emergency kit at home, now is a great time to check for expired products or items that may have been borrowed for other purposes and need to be replaced.
Now is also a great time to have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected, before the colder weather sets in.
The clocks roll back one hour at 2a this Sunday, November 1, 2020. Daylight saving time returns on March 14, 2021.