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Red Cross urges public to test smoke alarms when turning clocks ahead for Daylight Saving

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[Atlanta, Georgia] Friday, March 11, 2016 — This Sunday, March 13th, is Turn and Test day! When you turn your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time, the Red Cross also urges you to test your smoke alarms and replace smoke alarm batteries. No smoke alarms? Residents should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year, or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

This is critical because we’re all vulnerable to home fires and smoke alarms cut the risk of dying from them in half, said Eric Corliss, Red Cross Disaster Officer for Georgia. “


While you’re at it, does your family have an escape plan? You have just 2 minutes to escape a home fire! Corliss also recommends that every household develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes with two stories or more. 

The Red Cross responds to devastating home and apartment fires every day in Georgia:

  • Emergency partners have reported 35 fire deaths since July 1, including 6 deaths in a single metro Atlanta home fire this week.
  • Through its Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is working with partners to reduce fire deaths and injuries through education and smoke alarm installations statewide.
  • In the past 8 months, volunteers helped install nearly 5,300 alarms in Georgia communities at risk, including Atlanta, Tucker and Griffin where fire deaths occurred.
  • The Red Cross has 23 more smoke alarm campaigns scheduled statewide before the end of June.

People can visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire or contact to learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events. They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, 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.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.