PRINCETON — Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, and the American Red Cross reminds reminds the public to test batteries in home smoke alarms as they set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
The organization recommends testing batteries and changing them at least once a year if needed, as well as testing smoke alarms once a month. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
Red Cross also recommends regular practice for an escape plan in the event of a fire, assuring that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room, and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
• Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
• Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
• Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.
Seven times a day, someone in the nation dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent, was launched in October 2014.
Visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more.