Red Cross Reminds Everyone to ‘Turn and Test’ as Daylight Saving Time Ends
Turn clocks back, test smoke alarms on Sunday
LUBBOCK, TX Thursday, November 1 — Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 4 and the American Red Cross South Plains Chapter urges everyone to test their smoke alarms when turning back their clocks.
As cooler weather moves in, the risk of home fires increases. Heating equipment is the second-leading cause of home fire fatalities, which on average take seven lives every day in the U.S., according to theNational Fire Protection Association. Working smoke alarms can double a person’s odds of survival in a home fire.
This weekend, the Red Cross asks everyone to take these three simple steps:
- Check smoke alarm batteries. When turning the clocks back, take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms by pushing the test button. Replace alarm batteries, if needed. 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 and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements. If you need smoke alarms, the Red Cross will provide them free of charge. Visit soundthealarm.org/northtexas to submit a request.
- 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.
AMERICAN RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN
Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds a disaster, the vast majority of which are home fires. Through the Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross works with community partners to help reduce deaths and injuries from home fires, which take more lives each year than all other natural disasters combined in the U.S. In North Texas neighborhoods and across the country, Red Cross volunteers and partners go door-to-door year-round to install free smoke alarms and help residents create home fire escape plans.
Since the campaign began in 2014, the North Texas Region has reached thousands of people by:
- Installing nearly 26,600 free smoke alarms
- Replacing more than 2,100 smoke alarm batteries
- Helping more than 11,000 families make home fire escape plans
- Reaching more than 8,300 children through youth preparedness programs
To help families in need, the community can volunteer or make a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org or visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @RedCrossNWTX.