Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4 at 2 a.m. Turn those clocks back and remember it’s the perfect time to test every smoke alarm in your home.
Smoke alarms should be present on every floor of your home, in every bedroom, and in every hallway.
And remember, fire prevention should also include an escape plan. Find time with your family to review how you would escape your home safely in the event of a fire.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives, that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments and other partners canvass at-risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms, and providing fire prevention and safety education. In just three years, we’ve accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against home fires through our home visits.