When you set your clocks for Daylight Savings Time starting or ending, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
According to the American Red Cross asks that people ‘Turn and Test’ to help protect your family from home fires. Most home fires are caused by cooking and heating equipment.
Vital seasonal maintenance includes:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Place them inside and outside bedrooms, and sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed. Test smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide alarms.
- Practice your home fire escape plan. Include at least two ways to get out of every room. Select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can meet. Practice your plan until everyone can escape in two minutes or less.