Red Cross Reminder: Check Smoke Alarms When Clocks Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. As you turn your clocks ahead, take a few minutes to protect you and your family from home fires. It’s easy!

Turn and Test

 

1. Check smoke alarm batteries.
When turning the clocks ahead, replace smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide detectors.

 

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2. Install smoke alarms.
If you don’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.

 

Fire Escape Plan

 

3. Practice your 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. If your family doesn’t have a fire escape plan, our Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet is a great place to get started.

 

Review Fire Safety Tips

 

4. Review fire safety tips.
Brush up on your fire safety knowledge. Our Home Fire Safety Checklist is chock full of fire prevention information to help keep you and your family safe.

 

 

BONUS:  Take our quiz and find out if you’re fire safety savvy.

 

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