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Turn and Test: Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn the Clocks Back This Weekend

Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. when we turn the clocks back one hour. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a good time to test the batteries in their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back an hour.

“When you turn your clocks back, remember to also test your smoke alarms,” said Linda Mathes, CEO, National Capital Region.  “Take a few minutes to replace your smoke alarm batteries, push the test button to make sure alarms are working, and create a fire escape plan with your family.”

Here are a few steps that everyone can take to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies:

1. Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.

2. Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.

3. Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur. 

Your help is needed to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25% by 2020. Learn more about the Home Fire Campaign.

About the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region:
The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; collects blood and blood products; 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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.