Spring Your Clocks Forward

Daylight saving time starts this Sunday, March 10. We may be losing an hour of sleep this weekend, but by moving the clocks forward, we get to enjoy more daylight during the spring and summer.
Remember to set your clocks an hour ahead on Saturday night. For example, if you go to bed at 10:00 p.m., set your clock at 11:00 p.m.

Keep these tips in mind when preparing for 2019’s daylight saving time:
-Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, most of Arizona and American Samoa don’t change their clocks.
-If you live elsewhere in the U.S., don’t forget to “spring forward” your clocks and watches at 2 AM your local time on Sunday.
-Your smoke alarm batteries need to be changed twice a year. Make it easy to remember and change the batteries in your smoke alarm when you change your clocks!

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Turn Your Clocks Ahead; Test Your Smoke Alarms

North Charleston, S.C., March 8, 2019 – Daylight saving time starts this weekend, so the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross reminds everyone to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their smoke alarms are working correctly,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, Palmetto SC Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

Check smoke alarm batteries. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year – if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.

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