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Turn Your Clocks Back, Check Your Smoke Alarms

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, giving us an extra hour of sleep when we turn our clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

The American Red Cross recommends that you also use this as an opportunity to check your smoke alarms and get prepared for fall and winter by checking your emergency preparedness supplies - a step that could save you time during an emergency.

When you turn your clocks back one hour, take the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and make sure the alarms work by pushing the test button. Replace the batteries at least once a year and check your carbon monoxide detectors, too.”

Other steps you can take to get prepared include:

  • Updating the emergency contact information in your family communications plan. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact that each person in your family can call if he/she becomes separated during a disaster situation.
  • Making sure your emergency preparedness kit still includes at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items and water (one gallon per person per day), a flashlight, a battery-powered or crank radio, can opener, first aid kit, copies of important documents, and special items such as medications, diapers, and infant formula.
  • Checking your emergency preparedness kit for expired food items. If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed.

Taking simple actions like these can help you be better prepared for a disaster or emergency situation. So, when you turn back the clock this weekend, take a few extra minutes to ensure that you and your family are better prepared for the unexpected.

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