KOKOMO, INDIANA – Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 12 and the American Red Cross is reminding everyone to ‘spring forward an hour ‘and test the batteries in their smoke alarms during Red Cross Month.The Red Cross of Central Indiana will make sure that area residents have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, including inside and outside bedrooms.

“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Duchess Adjei, regional communication director for the American Red Cross. “Turn and test is a reminder to spring forward your clocks back and take a few minutes to push the test button to make sure all alarms are working.”

Event Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Event Location: Kokomo Red Cross

412 W Sycamore Street, Kokomo, IN 46901

Event Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more Info or to Sign Up to Participate: Call (888) 684-1441

It’s also an opportunity to make sure all households are prepared for home fires and other emergencies:

- Create and practice a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Select a location outside for everyone to meet.

- Download the Red Cross Emergency App which includes content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. The Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App is a game designed for kids. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.


People can learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, and by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Individuals, corporations or community organizations interested in volunteering in their community, can reach out to the American Red Cross of Central Indiana by calling (888) 684-1441or visit redcross.org.

The Indiana Region serves 87 Indiana counties consisting of six Red Cross chapters: Central Indiana (Indianapolis headquarters), Northern Indiana (South Bend headquarters), Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne headquarters), Northwest (Merrillville headquarters), Southern Indiana (Evansville headquarters) and West Central Indiana (Terre Haute headquarters). For more information on the Indiana Region:

www.redcross.org/local/in. Follow the Indiana Region on Twitter at: @INRedCross, on Instagram at: @indianaredcross or www.facebook.com/INRedCross.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.