Red Cross says to check smoke alarms as time change approaches

Red Cross says to check smoke alarms as time change approaches
The American Red Cross is reminding people to check their smoke alarms as daylight saving time approaches. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With daylight saving time approaching Sunday, not only is it important to remember to set your clocks correctly, but the American Red Cross says it's also important to test the batteries in your smoke alarms.

"It's important for everyone to make sure their household is ready," said Regional Director of Communications of the Alabama Red Cross Alicia Anger. "A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs."

According to the ARC, seven times a day someone in the United States dies in a fire. The new "Home Fire Campaign" aims to cut fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

WSFA 12 News is teaming up with ARC in the launch of its "Sound the Alarm, Save a Life" campaign. The campaign is about bringing and installing smoke alarms to any home that needs one in Montgomery and Selma. A phone bank will be held Monday to help answer questions and schedule a date and time to have alarms installed.

According to the Red Cross, there are six steps families can take:

  • Check smoke alarm batteries. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year – if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms
  • Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’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.

  • 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 what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.

  • Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.

People can download the Red Cross Emergency app as well as visit this website to find out more about protecting not only themselves from house fires, but loved ones as well. The app can be found in both the Apple and Google Play Store.

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