Hello RFMA members,
Daylight Savings time officially ends early on Sunday, Nov.4th. It's time to turn the clocks back one(1) hour. This is also a normal time to follow up with your restaurants reminding them to adjust their clocks and perform a few other housekeeping items preparing for shorter days and cold weather, such as:
- Adjust time clocks for all interior/exterior lighting. Also check for any burned out bulbs (especially exterior) and change or have professionally replaced as it will be darker substantially earlier. This is a must to protect customers, employees and your brand.
- Change times for exterior signage on/off times (time clocks).
- Clean photocell lenses for exterior building and parking lot lights.
- Change programmable thermostat settings for proper times and temperatures. Do not program under 60 degrees in extreme cold climates.
- Adjust irrigation controls to correct time and ensure they are properly winterized for the cold season, where geographically applicable.
- Change times for the security systems, i.e., burglar, fire, POS, and CCTV, if not done automatically.
- Have roof drains cleaned out as they be be clogged from summer/ fall storms.
- Walk the roof and remove items that could cause leaks if stepped on.
- Check all exterior door sweeps for good conditions. Replace as needed.
- Ensure HVAC/R fall PM's have been completed or are scheduled.
On your personal residence, now is a good time for:
- Change batteries in all smoke/CO2 detectors.
- Change filter on hvac unit.
- Clean out dryer vent.
- Clean refrigerator coil.
- Check windows for drafts, caulk where necessary.
- Check all exterior door sweeps to ensure they are in good condition.
- In the northern, colder climates, unhook all exterior hoses from their spigots and cover with insulation cap.
What did I miss? Always looking for feedback.
Dover and out
Jeff Dover, CRFP
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association