Turn your clocks ahead; check your smoke alarms

Published on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Daylight saving time starts this weekend, so turn your clocks ahead and test the batteries inyour smoke alarms. 

"It’s important for everyone to make sure their smoke alarms are working correctly," said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross. "A disaster like a home fire can happen at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs."

  • Check smoke alarm batteries. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year – if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
  • Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Get a kit.Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
  • Make a plan.Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
  • Be informed.Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster




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