March 11 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The change will take place at 2 a.m. on Sunday, so it is recommended to turn your clocks ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night.
The American Red Cross reminds everyone it is also a good time to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead one hour.
“When you turn your clocks ahead this weekend, it’s a great time to also test your smoke alarms,” said Rachelle Lipker, Executive Director serving Central and Western Nebraska, “Take a few minutes to replace your smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working.”
It’s also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.
• Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, they should install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
• Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the household 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.