By Ferriss Roberts
On Nov. 6, 2016, at 1:00 a.m., you’ll set back your clock to Standard Time. The one hour subtraction means you’ll gain an hour of sleep, but it also means the days are about to feel shorter.
Don’t let the earlier sunsets at 5:30 p.m. disrupt your usual routine, but do make some additional changes to stay safe.
- Coming and going: Connect with a colleague to enter/leave together your work area facility during darker hours. If you are working longer hours or coming in extra early, move your vehicle as close to the building as possible. See if places you are going to offer an escort or shuttle service.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Like you usually would at night or in the dark, be alert of your surroundings when walking through parking lots or near heavy shrubbery and poorly lit areas.
- Lock’em up: If you are alone at work after business hours, ensure doors in your area that open to the outside are secured from unauthorized individuals.
- Keys in hand. Have your keys in hand so you can open your car door without delay.
- Emergency kit: It’s a good thing to do light or dark, but as a reminder, keep an emergency kit in your trunk. Make sure it includes a flashlight, first-aid kit, jumper cables, windshield washer fluid and basic tools…and a blanket for when it gets cooler.
- Change them out: The bi-annual time change is a great time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors.
- Check them out: Shorter days mean turning on the heat. Go ahead and schedule your annual maintenance if you haven’t already.