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Weekly Tips | October 29, 2013

Tick Tock, Turn Back the Clock!


The end is near (of Daylight Saving Time anyway!), are you prepared? While turning back time on November 3, why not also take the time to revisit other ways you can save? These household tips can help save the environment, save lives, and save money!

Smoke Detectors

While you’re roaming your house changing clocks, also take the time to check the smoke detectors in your home and replace their batteries. To test if the smoke alarm is working properly, press the test button. If it is working properly the detector should beep.

Having trouble changing the batteries? Watch this step by step tutorial to learn how to do it. Once you’ve swapped them all, remember to recycle the batteries, don’t toss them in the garbage. 

FIND INFO ON HOW TO RECYCLE BATTERIES IN YOUR CITY HERE: CARNATION | DES MOINES | ISSAQUAH | SEATTLE | SHORELINE
 

Garbage Containers

Is your garbage overflowing or half empty on collection day? Take a moment to asses the size of your garbage can to see if you need to shrink or upgrade to a different container. By recycling and composting more and putting less in your garbage bin you may be able to switch to a smaller cart size and save money. To make a change to your current containers submit your request to CleanScapes via the form at the link for your city, below:

CARNATION | DES MOINES | ISSAQUAH | SEATTLE | SHORELINE
 

For tips on how to reduce your waste, check out the Beyond Waste at Home checklist.

If you’re feeling productive after updating your clocks, smoke detectors and garbage cans, here are more ideas on what to update around your home during daylight savings.

RESOURCES: Hometips.com | mnn 
 

The Big Picture

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2005 to 2009 about two thirds of home fire deaths resulted from homes with faulty smoke detectors or no alarms at all. The agency also states that the when smoke detectors fail, it’s typically the result of dead or missing batteries. 

SOURCES: NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION
 

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