By Doug Bardwell – American Red Cross volunteer
This year, March 10 can be a face-saving and a life-saving date – a two-for-one, if you will. How many other dates can make that claim?
If you hadn’t noticed already, Daylight Saving Time comes on March 11. So, traditional wisdom suggests that you turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 10. That’s the number one way to save face Sunday morning, when you might otherwise show up an hour late for worship service or your weekly breakfast date with friends.
Save a Life
The American Red Cross can’t stress enough the need to check your smoke alarms at least twice a year. They’ve even come up with a handy tagline to help you remember – TURN and TEST. Simply stated, each time you TURN your clocks forward or back, also remember to TEST your smoke alarms.
Two of the biggest contributors to lost life in a fire situation are 1) lack of smoke alarms in the home and 2) worn out batteries or total lack thereof.
Every day, seven people die in the United States due to a home fire. Remember, you only have two minutes to escape most home fires without serious or fatal results. That’s why it’s important to have an escape plan for your home – and to practice it.
If you don’t have smoke alarms or if they are more than 10-years old, contact the Red Cross for free installation of new smoke alarms. Visit the Home Fire Campaign page on our website.
Bonus Save Face
If you’ve read this far, you deserve a bonus. Please refer to it as Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. It’s not plural, despite what many people say. It’s one of those things that probably more than half the people get wrong – but now you know! (Check here for more interesting Daylight Saving Time trivia.)