Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, March 13, and the Red Cross wants to remind everyone to TURN AND TEST – turn your clocks ahead one hour and test your smoke alarms. If someone’s home is lacking smoke alarms visit our Operations Save-A-Life page to request a free smoke alarm installation. Residents should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, particularly inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year, or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions.
Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes with two stories or more.
Visit www.redcross.org/neoosal and click on your county of residence to find out more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from fire. Or, help your community by volunteering your time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.