Red Cross: Turn your clocks and test your smoke alarms

Turn back your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

Turn back your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

As Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this Sunday, Nov. 5, the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada is urging residents to use this time as a reminder to test their smoke alarms and replace batteries. If for any reason, you are unable to check or replace your alarm, the Red Cross is ready to assist. Our dedicated volunteers can visit your home to install free smoke alarms and provide essential safety information. Simply request a visit at

“Having a working smoke alarm is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to protect your home and family,” said Tiandra Rushing, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Northern Nevada Chapter. “Not only does it help prevent property damage, but it also significantly reduces the risk of injuries and fatalities caused by fires.”

Home Fire Facts

  • Smoke alarms can reduce the risk of death from a fire by half.
  • You typically have just two minutes to escape a burning house.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen in properties without functional smoke alarms.
  • On average, seven people lose their lives every day due to a home fire.

“For optimal protection, there should be a smoke alarm installed on every level of your home, both inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas,” Rushing added. “Smoke alarms that are 10 years or older need to be replaced, as components such as sensors can become less sensitive over time.”

Don’t have a working smoke alarm?

If you are unable to check or replace your alarm, we may be able to help. Red Cross volunteers regularly install free smoke alarms and provide customized fire safety and evacuation plans for community members. Simply request a visit at or call the Northern Nevada chapter at 775-954-1185, and leave your name, address, zip code, and phone number. This is a free service and there is no obligation.

Creating & Practicing a Fire Escape Plan
In addition to having functioning smoke alarms on every floor, you should also:

  • Practice your fire escape plan with all family members twice a year.
  • Designate a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
  • Ensure that children are familiar with the sound of a smoke alarm and know what actions to take when it goes off.

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