Smoke Alarms Must Be Checked As Daylight Savings Time Nears

LINCOLN – With the time on the clocks falling back an hour this weekend, homeowners and renters will also need to check their smoke alarms.

According to a release from the American Red Cross, home fires are the most frequent disaster in communities and Red Cross officials are asking everyone to ‘turn and test’ this weekend to help protect your family.

Daylight savings time began at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3 where clocks will fall back an hour.

You can help stay safe by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your escape plan with everyone in your household. Most home fires are caused by cooking and heating equipment. This stat increases with the holidays and cold weather.

As daylight savings time ends make sure to install smoke alarms on every level of your home while testing the smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed. This is also a great time to check carbon monoxide alarms.

For more information, visit or download the free Red Cross Emergency App by searching “American Red Cross” in app stores.