Arrival of Daylight Saving Time brings two important reminders

 

Along with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time comes a couple of reminders for homeowners and businesses alike. Daylight Saving Time (DST), when clocks are adjusted by resetting them one hour forward, runs from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. This year DST starts on Sunday March 11 at 2:00am.

One reminder associated with the arrival of DST relates to the health of lawns and gardens, where many people will likely spend that extra daylight, and the other reminder relates to the health and safety of family and property.

Changes in watering restrictions

The first reminder is from the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and relates to changes in schedules for irrigation which will allow for more frequent watering of lawns. Homes with odd numbered addresses that have been allowed to irrigate on Saturdays only may now irrigate on Wednesday as well. Likewise, homes with even numbered addresses that have been limited to Sunday watering may now irrigate on Thursdays also. The schedule for non-residential properties also changes allowing irrigation on both Tuesday and Friday instead of only Tuesday.

Other regulations remain the same, including that watering should occur only when needed, never for more than one hour per zone, and only before 10:00am or after 4:00pm. Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities. There are exceptions to these guidelines for newly planted landscapes and for use of a hand-held hose equipped with aa adjustable nozzle using water only as needed. Full details on the restrictions are available here.

Time of Year

Home with

odd number or

no address

Home with even

numbered addresses

Nonresidential

properties

Daylight Savings Time
Wed/Sat
Thurs/Sun
Tues/Fri
Eastern Standard Time
Sat
Sun
Tues
  • Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Water for no more than one hour per zone.
  • Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.

The SJRWMD web site, www.floridaswater.com, has lots of information on water conservation and stretching the resource to its fullest.

 

Changing batteries

The other reminder comes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) which asks consumers to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when also adjusting their clocks. Batteries, like those in most detectors, should be replaced twice a year to help ensure they are in working order. So, turning clocks forward and backward makes for an easy reminder to also replace batteries.

“Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms,” according to the CPSC. “That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.”

To read the CPSC’s release on this topic, click here.

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