It’s Standard Time again.

Daylight Saving Time ended yesterday, and news outlets like to remind us to take this semi-annual opportunity to check the smoke detector batteries in our homes. Let’s not forget about our bookstores, too. Take 300 seconds today to not only check the batteries in your bookstore smoke detectors, but also your fire extinguishers to make sure they’ve been serviced recently.

It’s probably a good idea to double check with your staff–especially new hires–to make sure they know where to find the fire extinguishers. And while you’re at it, see if they know where to find your emergency flashlights and that they are equipped with fresh batteries. Finding a flashlight in the dark is slightly less daunting if you know the general vicinity in which to look.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay