The Northeast Ohio Region of the American Red Cross is urging families in Northeast Ohio to check their smoke alarms and to follow fire prevention tips. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country. When taking time to adjust clocks to the time change, take a few more minutes to check your fire alarm batteries.

"Northeast Ohio has had several fire deaths, some due to non-working smoke alarms," said Red Cross spokesperson Christine Moran. "Northeast Ohio residents can take simple actions to reduce the risk of a home fire tragedy by installing and maintaining a smoke alarm on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Smoke alarms provide us with a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire and the extra time can save lives."

Additional recommendations include:

Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. Change the batteries in your alarms at least once a year. Install a new battery immediately if an alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low. Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it. Never disable a smoke alarm.

The American Red Cross also recommends that families create and practice a home fire escape plan. Fire escape plans should include at least two escape routes for every room in the home. Families should choose a convenient meeting place outside of the home and practice their escape plan at least twice a year.

Once you’ve checked your smoke alarm, remind your friends on Facebook by visiting our facebook page at and ‘share’ the ‘I checked my smoke detector’ icon.

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