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Red Cross reminds residents to test smoke alarms for DST

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With Daylight Saving Time coming up on Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m., 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 redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire or contact Alex Balkcum at the Red Cross of West Central Georgia to learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events.

They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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