redCross_turn-and-testDaylight Saving Time occurs this Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. and the Red Cross reminds everyone to TURN AND TEST, turn their clocks ahead one hour and test their smoke alarms. If someone’s home is lacking 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.

Every household should 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.

People can visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire or contact Northern Indiana office of the Red Cross at 574-234-0191 to learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events.