Red Cross re­minds: Test smoke alarms while turn­ing back clocks

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Day­light sav­ing time ends this to­day and the Amer­i­can Red Cross rec­om­mends ev­ery­one test their smoke alarms when turn­ing back their clocks.

The risk of deadly home fires in­creases as weather gets colder, the press re­lease stated, be­cause heat­ing equip­ment is the sec­ond most com­mon cause of fa­tal­i­ties from home fires.

Work­ing smoke alarms can dou­ble a per­son’s odds of sur­vival.

“The Red Cross wants ev­ery­one to stay safe this win­ter,” said Larry Brooks, Amer­i­can Red Cross ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

“This week­end, please take time to ‘turn and test’ to pro­tect you and your fam­ily against the sea­son’s lifethreat­en­ing risk of home fires.”

Ev­ery eight min­utes, the Red Cross re­sponds to a dis­as­ter — most of­ten, home fires. Last

year alone in Ge­or­gia, the Red Cross re­sponded to more than 2,900 home fire emer­gen­cies.

This week­end, Ge­or­gia’s Red Cross asks ev­ery­one to take these sim­ple steps: Check smoke alarm

bat­ter­ies. When turn­ing the clocks back, take a few min­utes to re­place the smoke alarm bat­ter­ies if needed and push the test but­ton to make sure the alarms are work­ing. It’s also a great time to check car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tors. In­stall smoke alarms. If you don’t have work­ing smoke alarms, in­stall them. At a min­i­mum, put one on ev­ery level of the home, in­side be­d­rooms and out­side sleep­ing ar­eas. Check lo­cal build­ing codes for ad­di­tional re­quire­ments. Prac­tice an es­cape plan. Make sure ev­ery­one in the house­hold knows two ways to get out of ev­ery room and how to get out of the home in less than two min­utes.

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