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REMINDER: Turn your clocks and test batteries this weekend

Posted at 10:31 AM, Mar 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-10 19:21:41-05

The American Red Cross is reminding everyone to 'turn and test' as the 'turn' back their clocks this weekend.

HOW TO ‘TURN AND TEST’

Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. This weekend, test your smoke alarms, replace the batteries if needed and follow these steps to help protect your family:

  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. That’s because the sensor becomes less sensitive over time. Check the manufacturer’s date of your smoke alarms and follow the instructions. 
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. 
  • Practice your two-minute 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.  

Visit soundthealarm.org/louisiana for more information.