The American Red Cross of Wyoming reminds everyone when they turn their clocks forward one hour when Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, they should also test their smoke alarms
“As many as seven people die in this country every day from a home fire, but smoke alarms cut your risk in half,” said Janet Lewis, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Wyoming. “Protect your household this weekend. Turn your clocks forward and test your smoke alarms.”
Lewis also reminds residents to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. Test alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year if your model requires it.
She says you should replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. That’s because the sensor becomes less sensitive over time. Check the date of your smoke alarms and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Also, families should rehearse their two-minute escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it’s too late. Include at least two ways to get out from every room and 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 knows where to meet.
Lewis also urges parents to teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like. Talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.
Visit redcross.org/fire for more information, including an escape plan to practice with your family. You can also download our free Emergency app by searching for “American Red Cross” in app stores.