Time Change – Fall Back Sunday, November 7, 2021
It’s hard to believe it’s time to change our clocks – again!
Yes, we still have manual wall clocks in our home that still require someone to move the hands to the new correct time.
So tonight I have set them back one hour in anticipation of the 2 a.m. time change on Sunday morning!
As the old saying goes “Fall Back” (gain an hour) and in the Spring, “Spring forward (lose an hour).
It’s been another year of so many changes, and so many “new normals”. It is hard to believe that it is November and that tonight we lose an hour of daylight at the end of the day.
If you live, or have a home here in the greater North Lake Tahoe – Truckee, California area you will need to change your clocks on either Saturday evening before you go to bed, or first thing on Sunday morning.
Are you ready for the semi-annual time change – Fall Back Sunday, November 7, 2021?
Here’s my list of things to do this weekend:
- Change Time Setting our traditional and digital clocks in our home, office, and cars (turn back one hour).
- Smoke alarms. Check all smoke alarms to make sure they are still working. Did you remember to write the date placed in service on the back of the device? An easy way to keep track of how old they are and if they need to be replaced. It’s easy to check all smoke alarms to make sure they are still working. It is recommended that you have a smoke alarm in each bedroom, and outside in the hall, along with having at least one on each floor.
- Carbon monoxide alarms/detectors should all be checked to make sure they are still working. While you are only required to have a carbon monoxide alarm on each floor, I’ve been adding a new carbon monoxide alarm to each room in our home. Again, write the date you put the alarm into service so you’ll know when to replace it.
- Fire extinguishers (check to make sure they haven’t been moved and/or damaged).
- Security devices or Items that use a battery and are wireless (security cameras, video doorbells, exterior/interior lights), yes, it is time to check them to make sure they are secure and still have plenty of battery life.
- Flashlights (working, extra batteries), candles, matches, lighters, short-term lighting devices. Having a flashlight in each room and by each door is easy to do and makes it easy to find when you need them. Recent power outages remind me that the power can go out at any time, so it helps to be prepared.
- Back-up charger devices for cell phones/laptops (if they have a solar option for re-charging that’s always a bonus) are out and fully charged.
- Canned goods/emergency food supplies – We’ve been pretty good about rotating our inventory, but it’s time to have more items on hand, especially with the recent supply shortages. Are you prepared for an extended emergency?
- Batteries – Flashlights, and other items require batteries and in checking our supply we were out of AAA batteries. Recent supply shortages are a reminder to re-stock up as soon as possible to be ready for the upcoming winter season.
- Photos | New on my list this year is to take photographs of our home, property, contents in closets, kitchen, etc… so we’ll have evidence on the condition and contents for our insurance company, just in case something happens.
- Insurance | Time to call our insurance broker to make sure we have enough coverage to rebuild. Building costs have skyrocketed in the great North Lake Tahoe – Truckee area, and we’ve made more improvements, so it is important to make sure our cost to rebuild on a per square foot basis is accurate. We also want to make sure we’ve met the 80%+ insured value and are not underinsured, which could cause us to not be fully insured. If you haven’t spoken to your insurance broker in a while, make the call and make sure you’re up-to-date.
- Evacuation plan | We live within a high wildfire area and the wildfires in South Lake Tahoe in August and September were a big wake-up call and a reminder to plan ahead. If you haven’t mapped out several ways out of your Tahoe home and area, now is the time to do so.
- Have you established a meet-up location outside of the area?
- Have you identified a friend/family member that lives outside of the area that everyone can call and check in with once they are in a safe place?
- Taking a few minutes now to make sure your household has an emergency plan, and you know what to do once you are in a safe place, can provide peace of mind later knowing that everyone is safe and it will allow you to work on the next steps of reuniting.
Now is the time to make sure you are organized and ready for the next season, or challenge in life!
Take advantage of this timely reminder to not only change your clocks but to do some routine safety checks, along with taking care of your final fall/winter home preparation!
Upcoming future dates to keep in mind from Sunday, November 7, 2021:
- Next time Change: Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 127 days (Spring Forward and Lose One Hour)
- Shortest Day of the Year: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, | Winter Solstice – 45 days
- New Year’s Day January 1, 2022 – 56 days (beginning of a new year)
- Longest Day of the Year 2022 – Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 227 days | Summer Solstice
- Next Fall Time Change: Sunday, November 6, 2022 – 365 days (Fall Back and Gain that Extra Hour – Again!)
It has been another uncertain year, and now more than ever we need to make a point to make the most of each day moving forward!
If you live in the greater North Lake Tahoe – Tahoe City area, it’s time to set your clocks back this Sunday, November 7, 2021!
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Time Change – Fall Back Sunday, November 7, 2021