Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6, so not only does that mean we have clocks to turn back … we also have smoke alarms to test!
When you turn your alarm back an hour (rejoicing over your extra hour of sleep) also remember to test the batteries in your smoke alarms. The Red Cross recommends having working smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms. “Turn and test” is a reminder to set your clocks back and take a few minutes to push the test button to make sure all alarms are working. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
It’s also an opportunity to make sure all households are prepared for home fires and other emergencies:
- Create and practice a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Select a location outside for everyone to meet.
- Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate. A variety of emergency preparedness kits and supplies are available at redcrossstore.org
- Download the Red Cross Emergency App which includes content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. The Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App is a game designed for kids. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
Now you can rest more easily for that extra hour, knowing you and your family are prepared for an emergency.