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).