Spring Forward, Check Voice Mail Greetings, Replace Batteries and Prepare for Disasters
Spring Forward and Check Voice Mail Greetings
On Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 AM, we spring forward an hour to begin Daylight Saving Time. Newer telecommunications equipment will automatically change the time, but older systems must be changed manually.
This is also a good opportunity to make sure your voice mail holiday greetings will play at the correct time and day. Since some holidays are observed on different days from year to year, the schedule must be altered for the current year. Failure to make the necessary changes could result in a "Sorry we're closed." message playing on a day when you're open and a "We're open for business." message playing while your business is closed for the holiday.
Replace Batteries at Least Every 3 Years
The batteries in battery backup and UPS units should be replaced at least every 3 years.
Everyone knows the importance of changing batteries in smoke detectors so they're ready to protect your life in case of fire. You also depend on the batteries in UPS's (uninterruptible power supplies) and battery backup units to protect the life of equipment and your business in case of power fluctuations and outages.
Power fluctuations are hard on electronics and can shorten the life of phone systems, voice mail, computers, etc. What would happen to your business in a total power outage? Will customers and prospects call back or will they question the reliability of your business if you fail to answer their calls? Many business owners tell us, "Without our phones, we're out of business." Battery backup and UPS units protect and extend the life of your equipment and keep your business running when the power fails.
Prepare for Spring Storms
Spring weather in the Midwest brings thunder, lightning, torrential rain, flooding, microbursts and tornadoes. Every year businesses suffer damage caused by the whim of Mother Nature. You know the spring storms are coming. Can you afford to be unprepared?
Here are 6 simple tips to protect your telecom equipment and your business.
Trivia about Lightning
Sources: National Weather Service report generated 4/26/2010, www.sciencefacts.us
Your Body Clock on Daylight Saving Time
Everyone knows about the effects that time changes associated with "jet lag" can have on your body. But did you realize that the one hour of sleep you lose when we "spring forward" can also create a big impact?
Wall Street economists claim that sleep-deprived traders have produced up to $31 billion in negative returns on the Monday following the time change. A physician from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine says it takes two to three days or longer to adjust to the time change and some studies show there is a 6 to 10% increase of serious heart attacks during that time.
There are just as many arguments for Daylight Saving time. We can enjoy more time outdoors after working hours which can mean quality family time, exercise, ball games and cutting the grass. We drive better in the daylight, so car accidents may be reduced. There are arguments that the time change also results in energy savings.
A brisk walk, exposure to sunlight or melatonin may ease you through the time change. Just knowing that spring is almost here makes most of us feel great in spite of the lost sleep.
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Blame Daylight Saving Time on Ben Franklin
Benjamin Franklin came up with the concept of Daylight Saving Time. (By the way, the preferred is Daylight Saving not Savings — although both are accepted.)
At age 78 in 1784, Franklin was an American delegate in Paris. Everyone knows he was an advocate of thrift and this included not wasting daylight. By this point in his life he was afflicted by gout and other physical limitations and he had a habit of playing chess into the wee hours of the morning and then sleeping the morning daylight hours away. (Sounds like a case of "Do as I say and not as I do.")
After seeing a demonstration of a new type of oil lamp which was invented by some of his friends, Franklin was inspired to write a whimsical essay called "An Economical Project". It parodied himself, his love of thrift, his scientific papers and his passion for playing chess all night and then sleeping until midday. It was in that essay that he introduced the concept of Daylight Saving Time. His tongue-in-cheek recommendations included the following.
On Monday March 14th, if you're feeling tired after losing an hour of sleep, just be thankful that all of Ben's suggestions haven't been adopted. Cannon fire would be a disturbing way to start the day and everyone knows we don't need another tax.
To read the entire essay go to http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/franklin3.html.
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