Red Cross Says “Turn and Test” as Daylight as Daylight Saving Time Ends
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, take 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,” Kenneth J. Turner, American Red Cross, Western and Central New York Interim Regional CEO. “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.” Learn more in this video.
Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds a disaster—most often, home fires. Here in Western and Central New York, Red Cross volunteers responded to 866 home fires between July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, providing immediate emergency assistance including temporary housing, food and clothing, comfort and support to 1,355 families.
This weekend, the Red Cross asks everyone to take these simple steps:
· Check smoke alarm batteries. When turning the clocks back, take a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries if needed and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide detectors.
· Install smoke alarms. If you don’t have working smoke alarms, install them. 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 two ways to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.