Don’t forget to turn clocks back tonight | News | The Press and Standard

by | November 5, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: November 2, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday Nov. 6 and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to ‘turn’ their clocks back an hour and ‘test’ the batteries in their smoke alarms. The Red Cross recommends that all Lowcountry residents have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, including inside and outside bedrooms.

“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. “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.”

It’s also an opportunity to make sure all households are prepared for home fires and other emergencies:
• When testing smoke alarms, check the date. Smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years to make sure they will work if a fire breaks out in the home.
• 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.

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