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Don’t Fall Behind: When Setting Your Clocks Back this Weekend, Check Your Smoke Detectors

Don’t Fall Behind: When Setting Your Clocks Back this Weekend, Check Your Smoke Detectors

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 2016) – This Sunday, Nov. 6, most of the United States will observe Daylight Savings Time by turning their clocks back an hour. With winter just around the corner, Allstate Insurance Company encourages homeowners to treat daylight savings as a critical reminder for checking and replacing the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.

“Smoke detectors save lives every day, but they are useless without batteries,” said Allstate New York spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn. “It’s important to test your smoke detector every six months and make sure all members of your family, including young children, know what the smoke detector sounds like and what to do if they hear it.”

Allstate offers some fire safety basics to discuss and practice at home:

  • Check the batteries in your smoke detectors often. Keep extra batteries on hand and replace them every six months.
  • Check your smoke detectors every month and replace any that have been around for 10 years or more. Make sure everyone knows that the piercing sound means danger, and they should escape quickly if they hear it.
  • Position detectors thoughtfully. Place one on every level of your home and near areas where you and your family sleep.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy. Make sure there’s at least one on each floor – especially near the kitchen, garage, laundry room and workshop.
  • Teach children they should never hide in closets or under beds when there is a fire. Tell them firefighters may look scary when they’re wearing their protective gear, but they are there to save them.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll until the fire is out.
  • Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do in case a fire breaks out. Make sure you have two ways out of your house. Create a fire safety plan that includes a designated meeting place.
  • Take an inventory of your home, creating a record of your personal property. In addition to completing an inventory, take photos or videotape your items – it will make them easier to replace if you have photographic records.

For more information on fire safety or other safety topics, contact your local Allstate agent.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 250,000 hours of service across the country.

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