Fall back gives opportunity to stay safe

Published 8:52 pm Saturday, October 31, 2015

It’s Nov. 1, which means it’s time to turn and test. When you turn your clocks back this morning for the end of daylight saving time, it’s a good time to test your smoke alarm batteries.

It’s also a good idea to install smoke alarms if you’re missing a few. Smoke alarms can save lives, but only if they’re installed properly and work.

Below are a few fire safety tips from the American Red Cross.

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• 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 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 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 occur.

Just like smoke alarms, these tips are useless if they aren’t put into action.