Test Smoke Alarms After Turning Clocks Back

Home Fires Take More Lives Than All Disasters Combined


November 9, 2023

Daylight saving time ended on Nov. 5 and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms to make sure the alarms are working.

“Home fires claim more lives every year than all natural disasters combined, but working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Jorge Martinez, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania. “The sooner an alarm alerts you to a fire, the sooner you can get out. When you turn your clocks back this weekend, test your smoke alarms too to help prevent a tragedy in your home.”

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