RICHMOND, Va. — The American Red Cross is reminding Virginians to test their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks forward this weekend.
Smoke alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year, fire departments recommend changing them during Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, March 13.
The Red Cross said homes should have smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
In addition, every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day.
The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Families should also consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes with two stories or more.
Red Cross workers and partners have installed more than 2,900 smoke alarms in Virginia since July 2015.
To learn more about how to protect your family and loved ones from fire disasters visit redcross.org or contact 1-800- RED CROSS to learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events.