Energizer, Duracell, and Homeline Walk Into A Room...⚡️
Sunday March 13th 2022 is National Dry Shampoo Day, National Coconut Torte Day, and National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day - but most importantly, it is Check Your Batteries Day!
Scheduled twice a year to coincide with Daylight Savings Time, Check Your Batteries Day is a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every time you change your clocks.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 60% of house fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms. You can cut the risk of a deadly house fire in half by following a few simple steps:
- Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 6 months.
- Test your alarms once every 1-2 months.
- Replace smoke alarms after 10 years, carbon monoxide detectors after 5.
- Keep within easy hearing range - one on every level of your home and in each sleeping area, placed on the ceiling or high on a wall.
You and your family can learn more by signing up for a virtual home fire safety presentation from your local Red Cross - part of their “Sound the Alarm” initiative. In some areas, the Red Cross or local fire department may also be able to provide free smoke alarm installation for those who cannot afford to purchase or are physically unable to install a smoke alarm.
To get more involved, try volunteering at your local Red Cross chapter, either by fundraising for Sound the Alarm events, helping families who have been affected by house fires, or organizing educational events at your kids’ schools. But remember that the best community preparedness begins in your own home - by educating yourself and your family about basic fire safety and prevention, and checking those batteries twice a year.
This March 13th, you may lose one hour of sleep, but you’ll gain 6 months of sleeping safely and soundly in your smoke-free home!
Many emergencies are preventable, but for those big, unavoidable ones, start your preparedness journey with a PrepMeKit. Visit www.prepmekits.com to get your comprehensive emergency kit and sign up to our mailing list for more tips and resources.