Friday, November 3, 2023

Daylight Savings remember to change those smoke detectors

  

COLUMBIA, MO (Nov. 3, 2023) — Daylight saving time ends on November 5 and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back to make sure the alarms are working.

 

“Home fires claim more lives every year than all natural disasters combined, but working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Rebecca Gordon, Executive Director for the Central and Northern Missouri chapter of the Red Cross. “The sooner an alarm alerts you to a fire, the sooner you can get out. When you turn your clocks back this weekend, test your smoke alarms too to help prevent a tragedy in your home.”

 

From January 1, 2023-October 31, 2023, local Red Cross volunteers responded to help 405 people in Central and Northern Missouri communities affected by 126 home fires, which account for most of the more than 60,000 disasters that the Red Cross responds to annually across the country.

 

Since the beginning of the year, in the state of Missouri, the Red Cross assisted a total of 4,143 people affected by 1,189 home fires.

 

SMOKE ALARMS When turning your clocks back this weekend, test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if needed. Additional safety tips include:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. Components such as sensors can become less sensitive over time. Follow your alarm’s manufacturer instructions.
  • Practice your two-minute home fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to escape a burning home before it’s too late.
  • Include at least two ways to get out of every room and select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can meet.

 


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