Daylight Saving Time ends Halloween weekend, and when everyone turns their clocks back, the American Red Cross reminds them to take the following steps to make sure that their household is prepared for emergencies.
- Check smoke alarm batteries: When turning the clocks ahead, replace the smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure that the alarms are working. Also check carbon monoxide detectors.
- Install smoke alarms: If you or someone you know does not have a smoke alarm, install them. The American Red Cross urges people to, at minimum, put one of every level of the home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
- Practice an 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.
- Get a kit: Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
- Make a plan: Have all household members plan which steps they should take in the event of an emergency.
- Be informed: Learn what emergencies can occur in the area, and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.
People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App.
They can also visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their homes from fire.
To find the location of smoke alarm installation events or to become a volunteer, contact your local Red Cross office, or call 304-340-3650.