Residents Reminded to ‘Turn and Test’ This Weekend


Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday morning at 2:00. That means clocks need to be turned forward by an hour Saturday night.

The American Red Cross is also encouraging residents to “turn and test” this weekend. They say in addition to turning clocks forward, residents should also test their home’s smoke alarms.

Batteries should be changed once a year or according to their manufacturer’s instructions, and the alarms should ideally be checked every month. The Red Cross says smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. As part of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross and its partners have assisted 226 people and installed 145 free smoke alarms across Northern Indiana since last summer.

They also say it’s important to develop a fire escape plan with two ways to get out of every room and a meeting place away from the home.