Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11

The American Red Cross reminds everyone it is also a good time to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead one hour. They add that that smoke detectors should be in hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and on every level of homes.

We are springing forward this weekend with Daylight Savings Time taking place on Sunday, March 11.

At the end of 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will require all smoke alarms sold in New York State to be equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years.

Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.

Look at the back of the alarm for the date of the manufacture. This spring, Red Cross is expanding its efforts to install another 1,000 smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods throughout Baton Rouge. Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and help families create escape plans. In more than one-third of home fire deaths, no smoke alarms were present. Replace the entire smoke alarm every l0 years.

Practice an escape plan: Make sure everyone living in the home knows how to get out in less than two minutes.

If alarms have removeable batteries, those batteries should be replaced. "Every year we see tragedy hit because a battery was removed for these reasons and was not replaced", said Sehlmeyer.

Local responders say even if you check your detectors regularly, you should still put fresh batteries in every six months. So far this year, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 12,500 home fires, and tragically, in some of these cases, lives have been lost. Experts say the best configuration includes one alarm on each floor of the house and inside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarms once a month.

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