At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2010, while you were up “springing forward” with your clocks, did you take the time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Did you ask yourself when was the last time your unit inspected its meeting place and reviewed its meeting place evacuation plan? You do have a plan, right? Could this be a topic for a Scouting Safely minute at the start of your next meeting?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to change their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks for Daylight Saving Time. CPSC estimates that about 16 million homes in the United States have smoke alarms that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing. What about your meeting place? A pdf of the meeting place inpspection form is available on Scouting Safely for your use.
And just as CPSC recommends having and practicing an evacuation plan for your family. An evacuation plan for your meeting place (unit, district, or council) will help you be as prepared as possible. Once you have that plan, practicing it twice a year when you “spring forward” or “fall back” keeps it fresh in everyone’s mind.