With Daylights Savings Time ending Sunday, the American Red Cross wants to remind people to 'turn' their clocks an hour back and 'test' the batteries in their smoke alarms.

“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Scott Salemme, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Chesapeake Region.

Salemme says testing your alarm smoke is as simple as pushing the test button to make sure all the alarms are working.

The American Red Cross also says this is an opportunity to take the following potentially life saving steps:

  • Create and practice a fire 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. Select a location outside for everyone to meet.
  • Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.

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