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Red Cross: Turn Clocks Back, Test Smoke Alarms

on October 29, 2019 - 8:20am
ARC News:
Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, and the American Red Cross urges everyone to test their smoke alarms when turning back their clocks.
As the fall season ushers in cold weather, it also increases the risk of deadly home fires. That’s because heating equipment is the second most common cause of fatalities from home fires—which, on average, takes seven lives every day in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. But working smoke alarms can double a person’s odds of survival.
“The Red Cross wants everyone to stay safe this winter,” said Jim Gilloon, regional spokes person for the American Red Cross. “This weekend, please take time to “turn and test” to protect you and your family against the season’s life-threatening risk of home fires.”

Home fires are the nation’s biggest disaster threat, and they’re most often caused by cooking and heating equipment. Before these fire risks increase with the holidays and cold weather, test your smoke alarms when turning back your clocks this Sunday.

The American Red Cross wants everyone to be safe with working smoke alarms—which can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.

When you “turn and test” this weekend, make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home.

Also practice your home fire escape plan with everyone in your household until they can escape in two minutes or less. That’s the amount of time that fire experts say you have to escape a burning home before it’s too late.

Visit redcross.org/homefires for more safety tips and free resources. You can also download our free Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).

People also can help families in need by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1.800.RED.CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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