It’s time to turn the clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep this weekend when Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. The American Red Cross reminds everyone to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks forward an hour.
This weekend is also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.
Home Fire Campaign The American Red Cross and thousands of Home Fire Campaign partners have helped save at least 77 lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014.
The Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of people who die or are injured during a fire in their home by 25 percent. Working with fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross is installing free home smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching residents about fire prevention and preparedness. The Red Cross and its partners have taught 443,000 youth to be safer in emergencies and installed 264,000 smoke alarms in 4,500 cities and towns in all 50 states.
People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire or contact their local Red Cross to find out about smoke alarm installation events in their community.
They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.