Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11

March is Red Cross Month Smoke alarms

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Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, with area residents being reminded to set their clocks ahead by one hour at 2am. The vast majority of deadly fires in the state involve homes where smoke detectors are either not working or not installed at all.

For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year.

"The annual change to daylight saving time is the ideal opportunity to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly", Hudgens said.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are available and are created to remain effective for up to 10 years.

"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire", Jorgensen said.

Firefighters urge everyone to change your batteries every 6 months.

People can download the Red Cross Emergency app as well as visit this website to find out more about protecting not only themselves from house fires, but loved ones as well.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping, according to Escambia Fire Rescue.

"In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries", Laforet reasoned.

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not from the date of purchase).

In case of fire, call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside your home.

Test the alarms once a month by pushing the test button and observing that the lights flash and the alarm sounds loudly.

The biggest causes for an alarm to fail to function properly are missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

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