The start and end of Daylight Saving Time is a good time to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and change the batteries.

This year, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Smoke alarms provide an early warning of fire and can increase the chances of a safe escape.

According to fire department statistics, nearly 75 percent of deaths in house fires are caused by smoke rather than burns, and children and senior citizens are at the greatest risk.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home including the attic and basement — two areas that are often overlooked by home owners and landlords/renters.

The American Red Cross recommends smoke alarm batteries be tested at least once a month and changed twice a year, such as the start and end of Daylight Saving Time. Smoke alarms, even hard-wired alarms, only have a 10-year life span.

A home or business escape plan should be in place in case of a fire. Have at least two exits from every room and designate an outside meeting spot to ensure everyone is out of the structure.

In an effort to prevent fires, the American Red Cross recommends keeping matches and lighters away from children. Put them in high locations, well out of the reach of children.

Residents should also keep flammable materials and liquids away from heaters. When possible, heaters can be unplugged when not in use.

Operation Save-A-Life, a program of the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region serving Carroll, Harrison, Stark and Tuscarawas counties, provides free smoke alarms and batteries to residents. The alarm are installed by trained Red Cross volunteers and local firefighters at no cost to residents.

The following Red Cross mobile apps can be found at the App Store for Apple products or Google Play. Disaster Apps deliver expert information when and where you need it most.

• Hero Care — Whether you’re the parent of a child joining the military or a member of the military/veteran communities, Hero Care will connect you to important resources that can help you through both emergency and nonemergency situations. Disponible en español. Text "GETHEROCARE" to 90999.

• First aid — Get instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. Disponible en español. Text "GETFIRST" to 90999.

• Blood — Schedule blood donation appointments, track total donations and earn rewards as you help us meet the constant need for blood. Text "BLOODAPP" to 90999.

• Pet First Aid — Be prepared to help your furry friends with veterinary advice for everyday emergencies. Text "GETPET" to 90999

• Emergency — This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Disponible en español. Text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999.

• Tornado — Receive weather alerts whenever the NOAA issues a tornado watch or warning for your community – or any location where you have loved ones. Disponible en español. Text "GETNADO" to 90999.

• Hurricane — Monitor hurricane conditions in your local area, throughout the storm track, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. Disponible en español. Text "GETCANE" to 90999.

• Earthquake — Receive notification when an earthquake occurs, find help and let others know you’re safe even if the power is out. Disponible en español. Text "GETQUAKE" to 90999.

• Flood — Learn and prepare your family and friends for flooding, evacuation and a safe return home. Disponible en español. Text "GETFLOOD" to 90999.

Free, fun and informative apps for parents and kids.

* Monster Guard — For kids aged 7-11. This app teaches preparedness for real-life emergencies at home with the help of Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters. Text "MONSTER" to 90999.

• Swim — Learn to help keep your loved ones safe in & around water with drowning prevention & emergency response information. Includes educational games and videos for kids plus a swim lesson progress tracker. Text "SWIM" to 90999

Red Cross app for hospitals and medical professionals.

• Transfusion — The resource that gives immediate access to blood usage guidelines to help improve patient care. The TPG App is the mobile version of the Compendium of Transfusion Practice Guidelines.

The American Red Cross of Southeast Ohio has been serving the residents of Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties since May 1917.

Call the American Red Cross of Southeast Ohio, 740-452-2731, for additional information.