Red Cross: test smoke alarms when turn clocks back

Nov. 5—As daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6, the American Red Cross encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back to help stay safe from home fires.

When turning your clocks back this weekend, test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if needed. Visit for more information, including an escape plan to create and practice with your family, or download the free Red Cross Emergency app by searching "American Red Cross" in app stores.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas.

Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. Components such as sensors can become less sensitive over time. Follow your alarm's manufacturer instructions.

Practice your two-minute home fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to escape a burning home before it's too late.

Include at least two ways to get out of every room and select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor's home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can meet.

Home Fire Response

American Red Cross volunteers responded to two home fires in Danville and Peoria in the past week and provided assistance to six individuals, through supplying them with basic items to meet immediate needs after a fire, and additional support in the form of health and mental health services and one-on-one support.

If you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster, please call the dispatch line: 877-597-0747.

Home fires are the most frequent disaster and claim seven lives every day in the U.S. Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death in a home fire by 50 percent.

Download the Red Cross Emergency app for detailed home fire prevention and safety tips. Visit or search "American Red Cross" in app stores to download the app, which is compatible with Apple Watch and Android wearable devices.

If you would like to help people affected by home fires and other disasters, visit to sign up as a Red Cross disaster volunteer.