118714-Daylight-Saving-Social-Media-Graphics-Update-FINAL-1024x512Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. It’s the perfect time to make sure your household is prepared for emergencies, so when you turn your clocks back on Saturday night, allow a few extra minutes to follow these steps:

  • Check smoke alarm batteries. As you go through your house to change the clocks, replace smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure all of your alarms are working.
  • Install smoke alarms. If your home is not already equipped with smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, alarms should be installed on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in your family know how to get out of every room in your home, and how to escape in two minutes or less.

Seven times a day someone in the U.S. dies in a fire. We at the Red Cross have been working to reduce that number through our Home Fire Campaign, credited in its first year with saving 26 lives and protecting thousands of others by installing new smoke alarms for families in need.

We’re asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

Visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect yourself and your loved homes from fire. To find upcoming smoke alarm installation events in your community and learn how you can help, visit redcross.org/eny/homefires.