With Daylight Saving Time ending Sunday, The American Red Cross is reminding Central New Yorkers that this is also the perfect time to make sure your household is prepared for home fires and other emergencies.

As part of their Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross says when you turn your clocks back an hour on Sunday November 6, use that time to test the batteries in your smoke detectors, and make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.

"Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half," said Western and Central New York Red Cross Regional CEO Rosie Taravella. "Turn and test is a reminder to set your clocks back and take a few minutes to push the test button to make sure all alarms are working."

Taravella says it's also a chance to go over your emergency preparedness for other emergencies:

  • Create and practice a fire escape plan
  • Keep disaster supplies up-to-date and in an easily accessible place
  • Download the Red Cross Emergency app

You can also get the Monster Gaurd: Prepare for Emergencies app, a game designed to teach children how to react during an emergency situation.

You can get more information on emergency preparedness, and download the apps from the Red Cross website.


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