Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday so turn the clocks ahead one hour before going to bed tonight. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a good time to test the batteries in smoke alarms.
“Take a few minutes to replace your smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working,” Executive Director Tracy Austin said in a news release.
It’s also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.
- Install smoke alarms. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
- Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
- Get a kit. 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.