Residents reminded to change batteries in smoke detectors ahead of Daylight Saving Time

The Red Cross recommends changing batteries in smoke detectors this weekend. (Tumi-1983 / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – Daylight Saving Time happens this weekend and the American Red Cross is reminding everyone to test the batteries in their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks ahead an hour.

Here are some steps you can take to make sure your household is prepared for emergencies:

• Check smoke alarm batteries. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year – if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.

• Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’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 family 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.

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